so recently i decided to test if ver 126.96.36.199 of the quickvpn client would work better with the 188.8.131.52 rvs4000 firmware. i loaded quickvpn to an xp pro computer (freshly built, i might add) and got to work. in order to test the connection, i attempted to piggy back off an unsecured wireless network. this network is on the same ISP network as i am.
i use dynamic DNS, and the unsecured wireless network could resolve my IP correctly, but for some reason i couldnt connect to my home network from the unsecured network. my router is set to respond to lan requests, but i couldnt ping it. my router passes HTTP traffic to a computer in my network, but i couldnt bring up the webpage. finally, my router responds with the router config page over port 443, and i couldnt bring that up.
so i used my ISP's dialup service to test. initially, as always, i had a million problems with the vpn client. systematically, i tried to resolve the issues. i installed the patch in the readme for quickvpn. i checked log files to see where stuff was failing. eventually, i could connect to the VPN, but would get that "remote gateway is not responding" crap. i know of a (poor) workaround for this which allows you to "finalize" the connection, but that workaround doesnt allow you to ping around in your network. sometime later, after randomly messing with settings, the tunnel would connect without the workaround. i have no idea what "fixed" this.
despite all this, my 28.8Kbps connection wouldnt allow me to do anything meaningful on my network. i couldnt connect to the router or to a server of mine (http or fileshare). the only thing i could do was ping internal devices. other requests seemed to "hang" rather than timeout or do anything more concrete. basically, i gave up on testing using dialup, even though my router and the client software confirm a good connection. but i still wasnt convinced.
next, i figured i could create some type of "DMZ" on my network by placing a switch between my ISP's modem and my router. im not a cisco network professional by any means, but im pretty familiar with networking on a above-average level. that said, despite my best, i couldnt get my quickvpn computer to see my router from the "DMZ".
finally, i figured i could just test the tunnel while directly connected to my network's lan. bad idea. everything seems to go okay until it locks up on "activating policy". rebooting or otherwise ending the negotiation ends in the computer being unable to do anything anymore. when i try to ping anything, i get "negotiating ip security" ad infinitum. the only way i could fix this was by doing a system restore.
so here's the question: how can i test my quickvpn connection?why can't i just tunnel through my network? and before you scream that you can't, thegreenbow vpn client has NO PROBLEM connecting to my rvs4000 while connected to my own network.