[plug] Working from home - VPN routers

J0rd j0rd at sff.ninja
Sat Mar 28 19:40:53 AWST 2020

Oops, sent this direct instead of to the list first time around. All the same it’s a shot in the dark but I ran into this with someone recently, double NAT?

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> On 28 Mar 2020, at 6:59 pm, Kevin Shackleton <krshackleton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> We are, like many businesses, working from home as much as possible - I have not been in-office for the last fortnight.
> Up to this time we have not bothered with an office router that "does a VPN".  Now a need has arisen and the business owner bought a D-Link DIR-895L/R, connected to our NBN modem.  This device offers "QuickVPN", using a pre-shared key.  As a router it's working fine (though it lacks SIP, we will add on a Cisco ATA)
> So far we have not been able to make the VPN gateway work, from Windows or Linux clients.  We're getting authentication failures, though we have tried all sorts of combinations of protocols.
> I'm interested in ideas and words of experience on the subject:
>  - any chance the modem is affecting the VPN?
>  - comments on the selected device (is anyone using "QuickVPN"?) and recommended alternative devices
>  - comments on re-flashing the device to DD-WRT which D-Links says is supported.  My main concern with a re-flashing is that the wi-fi may lose some of its capabilities - not really a big worry.
>  - thoughts about if a VPN using a PSK is really adequate these days, or if we should not re-flash and start using openVPN with large certificates
> Regards,
> Kevin.
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