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My WRVS4400N isn't passing windows traffic - what am I doing wrong?

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I have a Linksys WRVS4400N that has been a real pain in the butt so far.  I am actually on my second unit, the first had issues that degraded into hardware failure.

My issue is this - the VPN setup is so simple.. and yet such a nightmare.  In the admin you simply turn it on, config a username and password.  That's it!

I can authenticate just fine, and connect, ping all relevant servers by IP - but - no windows networking traffic is being passed.  My "network" is all XP pro boxes, no real servers, but it appears to be shutting down wins and/or netbios (dunno which) as all folder browsing works fine in network, but VPNd in - nothing but ping by IP.  I cannot even browse shares by IP, which is really odd.

I was under the impression the firewall rules don't apply to anyone being VPNd in... I'm baffled. Anything else I can mention to help solve this, as I am sure I am missing something - ask away.

Part two for extra bonus, the router in question is on an ISP that does not offer static IPs - there is no dyndns setup available on the router, is there maybe a PC client that can get this done?  I havent even started looking into this, but you guys tend to save me a boatload of time, so there you go!  Thanks again.
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Rob Williams

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Eric_Tuthill

Not seeing where to edit, but strike the dyndns stuff - there is a PC client, looks simple to get done, yay!
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Eric_Tuthill

Thanks Rob - suddenly the POS router wont complete the VPN connection, so I am working on fixing that AGAIN (I hate linksys) at which point I can try what you suggested.
Rob Williams

Let us know how you make out.
Must say I haven't been as pleased with the newer units. The older RV016/42/82's were great.
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Eric_Tuthill

I like the router func, wifi seems well done, but the VPN is just lousy.  Horrid even, I know it isn't a 1300$ cisco box but if they advertise vpn, and implement it, it really ought to work.
Rob Williams

Not forwarding NetBIOS broadcasts is not a problem with your router, it's basic TCP/IP design, and for security purposes. It won't work on the $1300 Cisco either.
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Eric_Tuthill

Okay, so here's the current situation--

Running the most current firmware and the most current client available for download from linksys, I can see the router, the vpn client starts up, and at the very last step - setting up network (could be verifying network) it hangs.

Now, in the newer firmwares there is a place to set up certificates.  The router generates client certificates, but nowhere in the manual does it suggest this is a necessary step - nor does it have an on/off switch for the certificate feature, just a "generate client certificates" button.  Need I do this?  And if so, how do I install them on a client?

Thanks a ton!  I think I am almost there...
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Eric_Tuthill

I would edit the above if I could see where to do so - at any rate, I cant even complete the VPN call and get to browsing on the network in any fashion.  I understand the netbios stuff answered above, if I should open a new question on this please feel free to tell me in here.
Rob Williams

Are you using the QuickVPN client? If so and you are using the new firmware you do need to generate the certificate, you have to use the new Quick VPN client, and you have to install the certificate in the proper folder on the client machine. I am sorry I don't have one I can check and tell you the folder location, but I think the certificate wizard explains that upon completion. Without the new QuickVPN client and certificate, it won't connect. When it does, try accessing a resource by IP, at lease as a test;  \\192.168.123.123\ShareName
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Eric_Tuthill

It's my understanding that the linksys quickvpn client is the only one that works.

Im gonna try that - thanks.  Ill report back once we get this tested, but that sure sounds good.
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Rob Williams

>>"It's my understanding that the linksys quickvpn client is the only one that works."
Yes, except a few new ones, and I don't know the models, use SSL from a web browser. The one I tried was very flaky.
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Eric_Tuthill

They all seem to be flaky - the last model I had to replace for all kinds of wierdness.  Ports went bad, random lockups, not very fun.
Rob Williams

I haven't tried many of the newer ones, but the old standards, the RV042 and RV081 are stable as a rock.
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