[plug] Working from home - VPN routers

William Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Sat Mar 28 20:59:24 AWST 2020

Wireguard is getting lots of good press about being secure but easy to 
use - I cant use it as I need ssl in some scenarios so I have not tried it.

Openvpn is still good, but I would use certificates and follow the 
hardening guide for it.  Openvpn with psk and multiple users doesn't 
work (its only 1 to 1, but still secure) - needs to be certificates for 

Quickvpn looks like it might need multiple ports enabled which might be 
the cause of your errors (in some IPSEC implementations, one is used for 


On 28/3/20 6:58 pm, Kevin Shackleton 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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