How to Configure VPN in Linksys

By Lysis

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is normally used for large corporate networks, but home routers manufactured by Linksys give home users a way to connect to their network remotely. Linksys routers come with a user interface that is accessible through a web browser navigating to the IP of the router. Configuring VPN on a Linksys takes only a few steps.

Step 1

Open your browser and type the IP of the Linksys router in the address bar. The software prompts you for a username and password.

Step 2

Click the "Security" tab and select "VPN."

Step 3

Select "IPSec VPN Tunnel" from the "Tunnel Entry" listbox.

Step 4

Enter the tunnel name in the textbox. This can be any name you wish that is recognizable to you.

Step 5

Select "Subnet" from the listbox in the "Local Secure Group" section. Enter the internal IP address. Typical internal, small home networks are 192.168.0.1 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.

Step 6

Select "Subnet" from the listbox in the "Remote Secure Group" section. Enter the IP address of the gateway. Typical internal, small home networks use192.168.2.0 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.

Step 7

Select "IP Address" in the section labeled "Remote Secure Gateway." This is the remote gateway of the host provider for your DSL.

Step 8

Select "Auto (IKE)" under the "Key Management" section.

Step 9

Select "3DES" in the section labeled "Encryption" and "SHA1" for "Authentication."

Step 10

Ensure that "PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy)" is enabled and enter the pre-shared key password. This is any password you prefer to use. Enter a lifetime value in milliseconds.

Step 11

Click "Save Settings" and close the browser.

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