Checking the VPN settings on a Linksys VPN router

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that allows you to securely access your local area network from a remote location.  To successfully configure the VPN tunnel, the settings needed must be properly set up and the remote router must also be working.  To know how to check the settings, follow the steps below:

NOTE:  The local IP address of the Linksys router must have a different LAN IP segment than that of the remote router to avoid conflict with the VPN connection.  To know how to change the router’s local IP address, click here.

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click  here.

NOTE:  To know how to access the router’s web-based setup page using a Mac computer, click here.

Step 2:
When the router’s web-based setup page opens, click the Security tab then VPN sub-tab.

NOTE:  In this example, we used images from BEFSX41 and BEFVP41 version 2.  You may not see the same image below with newer versions of Linksys routers because it only supports VPN Passthrough.

Step 3:
Verify the following settings:

  • Local Secure Group – must be the same as the local router’s LAN segment.
  • Remote Secure Group – must be the same as the remote router’s LAN segment.
  • Remote Security Gateway – must be the WAN/Internet IP address of the remote router.
  • Encryption and Authentication – must be the same as that of the remote router.
  • Pre-shared Key and Key Lifetime – must be the same as that of the remote router.


Step 4:
Try connecting to the VPN again.

Related Article:

Setting up a VPN passthrough on a Linksys Wireless-N router

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