Summary: As you may have read elsewhere, this router has a problem with the GRE protocol used by Microsoft for their PPtP server (see Alan Bryant's May 27, 2004 review). This will stop you using it with the built-in PPtP VPN client/server which is provided with Windows 2000/XP. Here is the text of a complaint I have submitted to Linksys... "I am attempting to operate a Microsoft PPtP server behind a BEFVP41 (firmware 1.41.1).
Summary: I have a small office network that I wanted to be able to access securely from home. I did a TON of research to find the most robust and cheapest solution. Those searches lead me to the BEFVP41 for the office and the FREE SSH Sentinel 126.96.36.199 VPN client for home which can be downloaded at [...] . A tutorial on how to set this whole thing up can be found at [...] . It is very important that the BEFVP41 have a static ip address for the wan side.
Summary: I've been using this router for almost 2 years. Recently it just stopped working - I think it finally burned out, probably due to all of the heat it generates while running. Besides that, I found that it was very slow, compared with other routers. Its VPN implementation works OK, but its slow also - I don't know why, since its hardware!!! I replaced it with a NetGear FVS328, I now my VPN connections are about 4 times faster, and my regular web browsing is a lot faster.
Summary: I own few Linksys products and have to admit that when they work, they do perform well in SOHO environment. (Unfortunately my last BEFVP41 unit wasn't too long lived, it died 6 months after I have purchased it.) However if you are anything more than just casual internet surfer and you heavily depend on reliable access to the net I would highly discourage you from purchasing it due to very poor customer support system Linksys has in place.
Summary: I have 30 of these units at customer locations who connect to our head office to sell a service through the encrypted VPN tunnel. Easy to setup, connects to any standardized VPN box, remotely manageable, good throughput and the price is bar none the best out there. Go with Sonicwall and you have to buy licensing for every feature you want to use. No licensing on the LINKSYS.
Summary: I've been lookiing for a solid, inexpensive VPN solution for quite some time so I was pleased to find this little router. I had no problems configuring the unit to connect to a Watchguard Firebox II and a Nortel Networks Contivity 100S, both of which inhabit my equipment rack at the office.
Connected 3 locations 40 PCs and 2 core operating systems
Amazon Customer, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: The Linksys VPN Router gets the best results when you use one on each end, up to 40 tunnels. It took me 20 minutes per router to set up and make a permanent VPN connection. I did get one bad router. Each router must have exactly the same settings (That is what makes a VPN). On one router installation, I couldn't get a VPN connection. After checking the log, I found that there was a Crypto Sub-System error on that unit that prevented it from operating properly.
Summary: I found this box when looking for an affordable firewall and vpn solution for remote users. On site, we're using Symantec products, including Velociraptor and their firewall V 6.5.3. The Symantec products are quite expensive (in the thousands of dollars) and count user licenses. Symantec support was absolutely horrible at a cost of nearly a grand a year. So, when pricing firewalls (especially with vpn) the linksys is absolutely dirt cheap.
Another Winner From Linksys, But It's A Challenge!
Amazon Customer, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: The router/switch/NAT features of this little box work just like the other Linksys products in this line -- and just as well. What's new is the IPSec VPN support. You can set up secure tunnels over the Internet between two or more LANs using one of these boxes in front of each LAN. Alternatively (or in addition) you can set up a tunnel between a standalone remote PC and a LAN that has one of these routers *IF* the remote PC supports IPSec.
Summary: I purchased a pair of Linksys BEFVP41 units to connect two office networks, and to provide for secure remote network access through VPNs to mobile users. While the units performed the former job adequately, the latter left a lot to be desired. I should have known better when presented with Linksys' confusing marketing information.