Summary: I have been using the first generation BEFVP41 router now since 2002 and it needed to be replaced. Comcast has increased their speed to 18Mbs and the old first generation router limited my speed the 9Mbs it has a 10Base T WAN port BEFVP41 series 2 routers has a 100Base T WAN port. My old router had at least 70 available tunnels and the new router has only 50 available tunnels.
Summary: This is the second Linksys BEFVP41 router that I've purchased. The first one was new and cost $120. It had a serious internal short that would reset itself with just a bump of the desk. The next one I bought used on Ebay and it doesn't work at all, because of internal problems. I then purchased a Linksys BEFSR41 used on Ebay, and now everything works great! It was about the same price as the other model, approx. $20.
Summary: The BEFVP41 I bought is Hardware version 1.2 and firmware version 1.02.06 - build 003. It installed easily and works fine as a firewall and router between a Comcast cable modem and a Dell 16 port Ethernet switch. This is at one of two remote locations I need access to (Location1). The second location (Location2) uses a Cisco 3005 VPN appliance and I have the Cisco 5.0.01.0600-k9 vpnclient installed on the PC.
Terrible for remote access from a Windows computer
Gary Samad, Amazon
14 May 2010
Summary: I bought one of these routers two weeks ago and have spent many, many hours trying to get my Windows XP computer to connect to it as a VPN using the stock Windows software to no avail. The documentation that comes with the router is broken, and refers to an Appendix about configuring Windows XP VPN connections, but that chapter now only refers to connecting one Linksys router to another Linksys router using a VPN connection.
Another Winner From Linksys, But It's A Challenge!
Amazon Customer, Amazon
7 October 2009
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.
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
Steve Powell, Amazon
30 December 2008
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.