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The 2310n supports only two VPN tunnels. But they can be any combination of "dial-in" (client to router) or site-to-site (router to router) connections using PPTP, IPsec or L2TP/IPsec protocols.

Draytek provides its Smart VPN client free for download, which I tried unsuccessfully to use on an XP SP3 notebook to open an IPsec tunnel to the 2130n. This was a few months ago, however, and Draytek has since released a newer version of the utility (4.0.0.1) that I didn't try.

But in the meantime, I took at shot at trying to connect using the VPN Wizard built into Win 7's Network and Sharing Center. I configured the 2130n as shown in Figure 7 and set up a user with only IPsec/L2TP enabled.

VPN IPsec client tunnel setup

Figure 7: VPN IPsec client tunnel setup

On the Win 7 client, I just did the following:

  • Opened the Network and Sharing Center
  • Chose Set up a new connection or network, then Connect to a workplace
  • Chose No, create a new connection, then Use my Internet connection (VPN)
  • Entered the WAN IP of the 2130n
  • Entered the username and password of the test user I set up
  • Clicked the Connect button

Because I disabled the fallback of a PPTP connection, this didn't get me connected. So when the connection failed, I then chose Set up the Connection anyway to save it so that I could make the required changes. After going back to the Network and Sharing Center, I just opened the saved connection and made the settings shown in Figure 8 in the connection Properties. I also clicked the Advanced settings button, to enter the preshared key I'd set in the 2130n.

Win 7 IPsec/L2TP client setup

Figure 8: Win 7 IPsec/L2TP client setup

Once the changes were made, the connection opened within seconds of clicking the Connect button. The 2130n's Remote Dial-in Status screen (Figure 9) showed the successfully opened tunnel.

VPN status
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Figure 9: VPN status

I should note that the VPN setup information in the system log was detailed and informative, something not always found in VPN endpoint routers.

I used LAN Speed Test to run a quick check on the 3DES encrypted IPsec tunnel, using a 10 MB file size. Figure 10 shows 1.15 Mbps client to router and 1.3 Mbps router to client.

3DES Ipsec tunnel throughput

Figure 10: 3DES Ipsec tunnel throughput

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