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Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

Hi guys,

I just bought a Cisco/Linksys RV042 version 3 and am having trouble getting my Macbook Pro running IPSecuritas to establish a client to gateway VPN tunnel.


I get an "Error - IKE - none message must be encrypted" message in the IPSecuritas connection log. It will keep retrying which results in the same error. Eventually it just gives up.


I am pretty sure I have the settings on the router end and Macbook end of the VPN configured identically.


Here is a screenshot of the RV042 configuration page. Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

Hi Harry,

since this question is about a product in the Cisco Small Business / Linksys range, I suggest you move it to the community, where you will have a better chance of getting expert advice.

best regards,

Cisco Moderator

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Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

i have the same problem, but now answer ... please help.

i think it is a bug.....

New Member

Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

Hi Stephan,

Take a look at this guide:

It helped me get the VPN to work.

New Member

Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

thanks, but i have now also errors.

please post your working configuration from rv042 an ipsecuritas.



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Re: Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3


The RV042 configuration is in my original post.  It hasn't changed.

Here is the IPSecuritas configuration

  1. General
    • Remote IPSec Device:
    • Local Side - Endpoint Mode: Host
    • Local Side - IP Address: Leave this blank
    • Remote Side - Endpoint Mode: Network
    • Remote Side - Network Address:
    • Network Mask (CIDR): 24
    • NOTE: These are my settings and they might not work for you.  For instance, when connecting to the VPN from a remote location that uses the 192.168.2.x subnet, the VPN will not work due to address collision.
  2. Phase 1
    • Lifetime: 28800 Seconds
    • DH Group: 1024 (2)
    • Encryption: AES 256
    • Authentication: SHA-1
    • Exchange Mode: Main
    • Proposal Check: Obey
    • Nonce Size: 16
  3. Phase 2
    • Lifetime: 3600 Seconds
    • PFS Group: 1024 (2)
    • Encryption: AES 256
    • Authentication: HMAC SHA-1
  4. ID
    • Local identifier: User FQDN / user@home.private
    • Remote identifier: User FQDN / user@home.private
    • Authentication Method: Preshared Key /
  5. DNS
    • leave "enable domain specific DNS servers" unchecked unless needed
  6. Options (put a check mark next to the following)
    • IPSec DOI
    • Initial Contact
    • Request Certificate
    • Send Certificate
    • Unique SAs
    • IKE Fragmentation

Hope that helps.

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Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

Hey Harry,

were you able to solve this issue sucessfully?

I have noticed, that your config of ipSecuritas uses the "Main Mode" whereas I am always using "Agressive Mode" VPNs for Client to Gateway Setups (I think I had to due to the Cisco RV042).

Funny thing that I am experiencing here is:

VPNs IPsec <-> Cisco RV042 first generation work

VPNS IPsec <-> Cisco RV042 latest generation (newest 4.1...Firmware) does not work

IPsec is always complaining about "none message must be encrypted" and I assume that the "Phase 1" cannot be established but I have no clue anymore. (did try different setup combinations).

Thank you for any clarification whether you managed it or your workaround.


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Trouble Setting Up VPN - RV042 v3

Hi Stefan,

Yes I was able to establish a VPN tunnel successfully using the settings above.  For me, Aggressive Mode would not work regardless of any other setting that I changed, so I set it to Main Mode.  I'm still running on firmware.  Haven't tried the 4.1 firmware yet.  Maybe they haven't ironed out the bugs?  I can't think of much else that might help you as this would be my first time working with VPNs.


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