Linksys BEFSX41 - 4 Remote Locations & One Endpoint
Posted on 2004-11-29
This is still my first VPN excusrion and I have a few more questions before I purchase the hardware.
The Linksys BEFSX41 says that it only supports 2 VPN tunnels. Does that mean that only 2 locations can be connected? I’ve got 4 locations and they are all going to need to be connected. I don’t know if 2 tunnels means 2 locations or if 2 tunnels means 2 pipelines that 20 locations can hop on each….for example. This is what I have gathered…
Under the VPN settings in the BEFSX41,
Local Secure Group: are the computers that I want to have on the on the VPN Endpoint’s LAN to access the tunnel. So if I want all the computers on the LAN to access the tunnel, I will want to select “IP Range” and enter:
New York: 192.168.0.1 ~ 254 WAN IP = 68.213.224.XX (static)
Remote Secure Group: is going to be my dialup and remote users that are not behind their office’s VPN router. I should set this to “any” to allow addresses from any network that are using VPN Client software to access the tunnel.
Remote Security Gateway: this is the option that I should set to "any" to enable my other office locations with VPN routers to connect:
Boston – 192.168.2.1
Dallas – 192.168.3.1
Chicago – 192.168.4.1
1) So now I point all 3 remote locations to the end-point in NY’s static WAN IP and hit connect.
2) Will they all 3 connect?
3) Also, am I going to have to enable NetBIOS broadcast to see other Windows machines shared files?
4) If so is their anything else that I will need to set?
5) Can I get away with only having the end-point use a static IP from the ISP or would it be in my better interest to get static IP's for them all?
6) Are all of the VPN settings I have described above correct?