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A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection allows users to access, send, and receive data to and from a private network by means of going through a public or shared network such as the Internet but still ensuring secure connections to an underlying network infrastructure to protect the private network and its resources.
A VPN tunnel establishes a private network that can send data securely using encryption and authentication. Corporate offices mostly use VPN connection since it is both useful and necessary to allow their employees to have access to their private network even if they are outside the office.
The VPN allows a remote host to act as if they were located on the same local network. The router supports 50 tunnels. The VPN Setup Wizard makes it possible to configure a secure connection for site-to-site IPSec tunnel. This feature makes the configuration simple and prevents complex settings and optional parameters. This way, anybody can set up the IPSec tunnel in a fast and efficient manner.
The objective of this document is to show you how to configure VPN connection on the RV34x Series Router using the Setup Wizard.
Step 1. Log in to the router web-based utility and choose Configuration Wizard. Then click Launch Wizard under VPN Setup Wizard section.
Step 2. In the field provided, enter a name to identify this connection.
Note: In this example, TestVPN is used.
Step 3. In the Interface area, click the drop-down menu and choose which interface you want to enable this connection. The options are:
Note: In this example, WAN1 is used.
Step 4. Click Next.
Step 5. Choose the Remote Connection Type by clicking on the drop-down arrow. The options are:
Note: In this example, IP Address is chosen.
Step 6. Enter the WAN IP address of the Remote Connection in the field provided and then click Next.
Note: In this example, 184.108.40.206 is used.
Step 7. Under the Local Traffic Selection area, click on the drop-down to choose the Local IP. The options are:
Note: In this example, Any is chosen.
Step 8. Under Remote Traffic Selection area, click the drop-down arrow to choose the Remote IP. Enter the remote IP address and subnet mask in the field provided then click Next. The options are:
Note: In this example, Subnet is chosen. 10.10.10.0 was entered as the IP address and 255.255.255.0 was entered as the subnet mask.
Step 9. Click the drop-down arrow in the IPSec Profile area to choose which profile to use.
Note: In this example, Default is chosen.
Step 10. Under the Phase 1 Options area, enter the pre-shared key for this connection in the field provided. This is the pre-shared key to be used to authenticate the remote Internet Key Exchange (IKE) peer. Both ends of the VPN tunnel must use the same pre-shared key. Up to 30 characters or hexadecimal values are allowed to be used for this key.
Note: It is highly advised to change the pre-shared key regularly to maintain the security of your VPN connection.
Note: The Preshared Key Strength Meter indicates the strength of the key you have entered based on the following:
Step 11. (Optional) You can also check the Enable check box in the Show plain text when edit to see the password in plain text.
Step 12. Click Next..
Step 13. The page will then show all the configuration details of your VPN connection. Click Submit.
You should now have successfully configured VPN connection on the RV34x Series Router using the Setup Wizard. To successfully connect a site-to-site VPN, you will need to configure the Setup Wizard on the remote router.