Advice on a reliable wireless router for VPN

Posted on 2007-11-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hi there,

I have a Windows 2003 server that I have setup with Routing and Remote Access that I would like to create a VPN connection to.

I currently have a Netgear WPN824 wireless router connected to a modem that is presently providing good wireless access to our office to both the Internet and shared data on the server.  Unfortunately, I have had no success whatsoever in being able to VPN from home into the server.  Upon reading other posts here, many people seem to be having the same problem as it appears that this router does not support "GRE" and as a result the VPN will not work.  I have spent too long trying to figure this out so am prepared to just go and buy another router.

I would like to replace this wireless router and would like some advice as to what is good and can do the job.  What I need to do is to be able to VPN in to the Windows 2003 server (SP2) using routing and remote access (RRAS) on the server from home.  The router needs to be able to support approximately 10 wireless connections from within the office and up to 3 remote VPN connections at any one time.  I want to use either PCAnywhere or Remote Desktop to control the server.  At other sites, all I have done is opened port 1723 on the router and setup RRAS and everything has worked seamlessly.  With the WPN824 however, there appears to be no option to open ports, only to do "port forwarding and triggering", and whenever I use "" and test port 1723 it always tells me it is not visible.  When trying to VPN in, I always get an error 800 from home.  

I don't want to spend too much and do not need anything too special in regards to firewall.

I have read that a lot of people have had success with the Linksys brand of wireless routers, but I am open to suggestions as to any good and well priced brand that will do the job.


Question by:peterkennedy

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I'd recommend Draytek products -

The 2900 series support full VPN pass-through.  Or you can get the router to host up to 32 VPN connections itself

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Thanks for your help.  I ended up getting a Netgear FVS wireless router and that worked first time very easily.  I considered the Draytek and they looked good but just wanted to keep consistency in the environment.

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