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SonicWall TZ-170/OS Enhanced Site-to-Site VPN To Non-SonicWall Devices

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Hello Experts -

I am looking for hardware recommendations and configuration instructions on a Cable/DSL Router that will be able to establish a successful IPSec VPN tunnel to a SonicWall TZ-170 running SonicOS Enhanced version 3.x at my corporate office.  The cable/DSL router will be placed at an employees home office.  I am looking for a device with a price point <= $150.00.

Currently, I have one branch office connected via a site-to-site VPN tunnel with no problems - however, my branch office also has a TZ-170 (running SonicOS standard).

So far, I have looked at devices from Linksys, D-Link and Netgear.  I have also looked at VPN interoperability configuration profiles at www.vpnc.org.  However, I would be much more comfortable if someone has a success story accompanied with details on how each device was configured.  To make things a little more interesting, the remote device will have a dynamic IP addres.  

If you can help, but only have experience with SonicOS Standard, that's okay - I just recently upgraded to OS Enhanced so I'll have no problem translating the configuration on the SonicWall.

Thanks in advance,
Glen

p.s.  Moderator:  Please let me know if you think I should post this question in a different area as well. - Thanks!
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Glen the Linksys RV042 is very flexible in it's configuration,and can be configured to "talk" to other VPN routers such as Disco's and WatchGuard units. I see no reason why it will not connect to the Sonicwall, though I haven't tried, nor could I find documented verification. Price is about $150-$170 US. It is a very dependable unit offering frequent firmware updates, built-in DDNS service, detailed logging,and ability to configure a second WAN port for DMZ or load balancing and fail-over protection.
http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1123638171618&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper
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RobWill - Thanks for the input.  I had looked at the RV042 and don't mind the slightly higher price vs. Linksys' more entry level devices.  I was just hoping to avoid a gamble.  The information I've found so far (on the SonicWall forums) has been hit or miss with Linksys devices.  The other thing that worries me is that Cisco hasn't gotten arround to certifying any of their Linksys branded devices certified at VPNC.ORG.

This is only like my 3rd or 4th question on the Exchange, can anyone tell me if I would be better served posting this question in  a different section?  I know it is discouraged to post the same question in multiple locations so I won't, but it would be nice to get a little more input.

thanks
gbb
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I appreciate it would be nice to have someone who has actually used the two.
Posting the same question in two topic areas is discouraged, but there is a recommended procedure, which is to post a "pointer" question in another area, such as the routers section:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Routers/
A pointer question is a 20 point brief statement asking for assistance with a question in another Topic area. See:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi262
Often works well.
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