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Solved: Connecting to VPN Router thru Wirelesss Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by crimsonbegonias, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. crimsonbegonias

    crimsonbegonias Thread Starter

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    Hi All:
    I have a Linksys VPN Router at home set up to connect to an FTP site which is a server at my office. If I connect my laptop hardwired to the VPN router I can connect to the FTP no prob. If I try to connect using my wireless network router (Netgear) whose WAN side is connected to the LAN side of the VPN I can access the internet which proves that connection is OK but cannot access the FTP.

    I know this is because the VPN FTP is looking for an address on my laptop which matches the VPN routers IP address. Problem is I can't figure out how to make the LAN side of the Wireless the same as the LAN side of the VPN. Inherently, I don't think this is possible as they are in effect 2 different networks.

    So, my question is, Is there a way to do this? Can I make the wireless router more like an access point so I can make the hops necessary to use VPN through the wireless?

    Thanks in advance!

    Sean
     
  2. TerryNet

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    JohnWill's procedure for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

    Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
     
  3. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    How do you have the VPN connection set up? Are you doing a LAN to LAN VPN tunnel? It sounds like you are.
     
  4. crimsonbegonias

    crimsonbegonias Thread Starter

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    I will try these suggestions...
    I honestly don't know how the VPN is set up...
    It was done by a guy at my office...
    I'll post any results...
    Can you just confirm that the "secondary router" in my case is the wireless router?
    Thanks.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Confirmed (your wireless router is the secondary, which you will configure into an ethernet switch and wireless access point).
     
  6. crimsonbegonias

    crimsonbegonias Thread Starter

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    IT WORKS...
    You guys/gals rule!
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Happy wireless VPNing! :) Please mark this 'Solved' using the Thread Tools at the upper right.
     
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