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Setup and Administration, Continued

The VPN settings shown in Figure 3 and the Advanced Settings screen (not shown) are the same as the SX41's. Since I covered these capabilities in the SX41 review, I won't repeat the info here.

Linksys USBVPN1 - VPN screen

Figure 3: VPN screen
(click on the image for a full-sized view)

I didn't have any problem getting a subnet-to-subnet tunnel up and running with the BEFSX41 that I used as a test partner. The firmware revision in my review unit was titled 1.00.8, Mar 12, 2003, so I think that the VPN1 includes the fixes in the 1.44.3, Dec 24 2002 firmware that came loaded in the BEFSX41 that Linksys sent me as a test companion. (Curious that the most recent version on the Linksys download page is marked 1.44, Nov 27, 2002.) Note that you get only one Tunnel profile vs. the two in the SX41.

Given that Linksys pitches the USBVPN1 as a connection companion to the SX41, you'd think that the User Manual would include an example setup that included settings for both products. But maybe Linksys figured that most VPN1 buyers would already be familiar with the ins and outs of configuring an SX41, because the VPN1's User Guide VPN section is pretty much a copy of the SX41 manual's and doesn't include a router-to-router setup example. The manual does contain a few descriptions of SX41 features that didn't make it into the VPN1, though.

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