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VPN setup between Win 7 64-bit & Cisco/Linksys RVS4000 v1.3.1.0

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  • Does anyone know how or even if it's possible to setup a Win 7 64-bit VPN Connection (i.e., one of those things under Network Connections) to a Cisco/Linksys RVS400 Router running v1.3.1.0 of the firmware? Even better, could anyone explain to me or point me to an explanation of what's supposed to be going on when setting up such a connection? There seem to be far too many options available, inconsistently named as far as I can tell between the systems for me to stumble on a compatible set. Both ends seem to be trying to make the process "simple", which of course really makes it nearly impossible. Thanks.

     

    Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:48 PM

Answers

  • I have finally managed to get what I want by using TheGreenBow VPN client (~ $100) and the instructions they provide for connecting in Tunnel Mode explicitly to the RVS4000. It still took a lot of struggle, since I had to discover that the Globe Trotter Connect software for the AT&T Quicksilver wireless modem was involved as well as the latest version of the AT&T Communications Manager, both on my laptop, and that the QuickVPN portion of the RVS4000 was irrelevent and I had the meaning of various of the Tunnel parameters of the RVS400 software wrong. (Remote Gateway = External IP of RVS4000? IP of AT&T Modem? IP of virtual node of laptop? Is the latter on the local network of the RVS4000? It is some other network?)

    The first link you gave contains essentially no information at all. The second makes many, many assumptions about what I'm using on the VPN server end, all of which are wrong. The third gives a long list of what might be wrong, but no information about what the right conditions for each error should be. Cisco's documentation for the RVS400 is just as bad. There is nothing that sorts out what dependence, if any, there is between Tunnels and VPN Clients. As indicated above, there is no explaination of what the various parameters in their setup mean, making it very hard to decide what the right answers are supposed to be.

    I'm afraid that both Microsoft and Cisco have tried to make VPN setup "easy" by hiding as much as possible from users. Unfortunately, the two groups have made very different and incompatible assumptions of how the VPN environments are setup. The result is that instead of being "easy" the setup is nearly impossible.

    BTW, this is my first success at setting up VPN in several years, off and on, of trying. I just glad I don't have to try and make it work with a Mac as well.

     

    Chris Day

     

    Monday, April 19, 2010 5:55 PM

All replies

  • Hi,
     
    You can follow the link below for detials on how to setup a VPN connection?
     
    Set up a remote connection to your workplace using VPN
     
     
    Where can I find information about setting up a VPN server?
     
     
    Why am I having problems with my VPN connection?
     
     

    Hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you require further help.

    Regards

    Rehman – Microsoft Support

    Monday, April 19, 2010 4:14 PM
  • I have finally managed to get what I want by using TheGreenBow VPN client (~ $100) and the instructions they provide for connecting in Tunnel Mode explicitly to the RVS4000. It still took a lot of struggle, since I had to discover that the Globe Trotter Connect software for the AT&T Quicksilver wireless modem was involved as well as the latest version of the AT&T Communications Manager, both on my laptop, and that the QuickVPN portion of the RVS4000 was irrelevent and I had the meaning of various of the Tunnel parameters of the RVS400 software wrong. (Remote Gateway = External IP of RVS4000? IP of AT&T Modem? IP of virtual node of laptop? Is the latter on the local network of the RVS4000? It is some other network?)

    The first link you gave contains essentially no information at all. The second makes many, many assumptions about what I'm using on the VPN server end, all of which are wrong. The third gives a long list of what might be wrong, but no information about what the right conditions for each error should be. Cisco's documentation for the RVS400 is just as bad. There is nothing that sorts out what dependence, if any, there is between Tunnels and VPN Clients. As indicated above, there is no explaination of what the various parameters in their setup mean, making it very hard to decide what the right answers are supposed to be.

    I'm afraid that both Microsoft and Cisco have tried to make VPN setup "easy" by hiding as much as possible from users. Unfortunately, the two groups have made very different and incompatible assumptions of how the VPN environments are setup. The result is that instead of being "easy" the setup is nearly impossible.

    BTW, this is my first success at setting up VPN in several years, off and on, of trying. I just glad I don't have to try and make it work with a Mac as well.

     

    Chris Day

     

    Monday, April 19, 2010 5:55 PM