XP Linksys DHCP Hatred

Chris Carey chris.carey at gmail.com
Tue Sep 27 11:01:35 MDT 2005


On 9/27/05, Chris Carey <chris.carey at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/27/05, Hans Fugal <hans at fugal.net> wrote:
> > Don Boling wrote:
> > > Hans Fugal wrote:
> > >
> > >> I set up a VPN for a client. They have a small office with DSL
> > >> (actiontec modem) and a Linksys router. (didn't catch the model, but the
> > >> menus looked like the wrt54g that my dad has)
> > >>
> > >> In order to get the VPN to work, I had to set up a port forward. But
> > >> whenever I'd try to apply those changes the linksys would give me a big
> > >> red 404 screen. So I upgraded the firmware and was able to complete the
> > >> task.
> > >>
> > >> Only to discover that now some XP boxes won't get a DHCP address from
> > >> the linksys anymore. Other XP boxes are happy to, but these two just
> > >> won't. Incidentally the two that have had trouble so far are the two
> > >> that have OpenVPN on them now, I state that for completeness because I
> > >> don't see how that would make a difference. One of them is a laptop and
> > >> is able to get an IP address from the neighbor's wide-open wireless, so
> > >> DHCP itself is not crippled.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > > I am using OpenVPN myself and used to go through my Linksys router until
> > > I started having problems
> > > like the ones you are describing... I built a OpenBSD Firewall out of an
> > > old pc and it hasn't burped since.
> > >
> > > OpenVPN, Vonage , SSH, Web traffic ... all very easy to setup in PF.
> > >
> > >> I did change one other thing, stupidly - I set the router dhcp settings
> > >> to use a wins server when there isn't one. (I thought it was built-in
> > >> functionality in an XP box, oops) Now the finnicky thing won't let me
> > >> unset it, so it's still there.
> > >>
> > >> Any ideas?
> > >>
> > >>
> > > I would hold the reset button for 30 secs or whatever is called for to
> > > reset to factory defaults and
> > > start over... thats all that Linksys support will suggest. (Already
> > > wasted time calling them on my issue)
> > >
> > > --Don
> > >
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> > Hmm, did the trouble show up when you put on openvpn? Does it go away if
> >   there's no openvpn?
> >
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>
> Id have to suggest running a newer firmware on that box.
>
> Im running VPN on the Linksys itself. One Linksys v1.1 running
> Sveasoft Alchemy 1.0 in one location, and a WRT54G v2.0 box running
> Freeman 1.0.4 firmware in another.  IMHO Its a lot easer setting those
> boxes up instead of port forwarding to another VPN system.
>
Also I dont believe (using the linksys gui) you can port forward
protocol 47 (gre) which is necessary for VPN.



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