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Setup and Administration

Installation consists of connecting the adapter to the USB port of your computer with the supplied USB cable, loading the CDROM containing the driver into your machine's CD drive, and letting Windows Plug and Play take care of the rest.

The installation on my WinXP Home machine yielded an odd message, probably due to the fact that XP thought it was installing a USB device, but that's not how it turns out that the VPN1 wants to be known. A quick reboot, though, and everything was ok. Installation on a Win98SE machine was uneventful, probably because 98SE wants a reboot after any network changes.

The VPN1 appears as a Network Adapter (not as a USB device), so in XP it will show up as a new Local Area Connection in Network Connections. The Installer sets the adapter's TCP/IP properties to automatically obtain an IP address, so if all goes well, the computer attached to it will end up with 192.168.1.100 as its IP address from the VPN1's built-in DHCP server. All you'll then need to do is point your web browser to the VPN1's default IP of 192.168.1.1, login and you'll be at the Setup screen shown in Figure 1.

Linksys USBVPN1 - Setup page

Figure 1: Setup screen
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As you can see in Figure 1, the admin interface is organized with the same tabs as found in the SX41, with the exception of the Advanced tab. Like the SX41, it can handle static, dynamic, PPPoE and PPTP WAN authentication. Unfortunately, when Linksys killed all the Advanced level tabs, that included the MAC Clone tab found on the SX41. So if your Internet connection requires spoofing a particular MAC address, you won't be able to use the VPN1.

Although the VPN1 functions as a NAT router, the only Firewall features that Linksys lets you control are shown in Figure 2.

Linksys USBVPN1 - Firewall screen

Figure 2: Firewall screen
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