How to Setup a Linksys Router to Allow VPN Access

By Dave Wilson

Linksys SOHO, or small office/home office, routers offer an inexpensive way to add a powerful router/firewall to a small home or office network. The Linksys line of routers include features such as port forwarding that allow connections from the Internet to computers on the private network. However, if port forwarding is configured for a VPN server, enable VPN pass-through so that computers on the Internet can establish VPN tunnels through the router.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7 computer with Internet Explorer installed
  • Network patch cable

Step 1

Plug one end of the network patch cable into the network port on the computer. Plug the other end of the network patch cable into one of the network LAN ports on the Linksys router. Reboot the computer.

Step 2

Open the Internet Explorer web browser on the computer and type into the address bar at the top of the Internet Explorer web browser. Press the "Enter" key.

Step 3

Type "admin" into the "Password" text box in the web page that appears and leave the "User name" text box empty. Press the "Enter" key. If login fails then type "admin" into both the "User name" and "Password" fields and press the "Enter" key.

Step 4

Click the "Security" tab and then locate the "VPN Passthrough" label. Click the "PPTP" and "IPSec" check boxes next to the "VPN Passthrough" label.

Step 5

Click "Save Settings."