Solved Connect VPN router through non-VPN router?

November 23, 2011 at 03:04:18
Specs: Windows XP
I have a "normal" router powering my home wireless network and everything is just fine. However, there are some devices that I want to run exclusively over a VPN, but they do not support VPN applications. I understand that there are some VPN routers available that have the VPN support built-in at the firmware level (Buffalo AirStation WZR-HP-AG300H). This is exactly what I need, but I don't want to run my entire home network through the VPN, only certain devices. So, can I do something as simple as connect my VPN router directly to the "normal" router and effectively run two different wireless networks in the house?

Would daisy chaining the routers in this way interfere with the VPN tunneling abilty?

Apologies in advance is this is a silly question, but I want to make sure this is a feasible solution, before I start buying hardware.


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#1
November 23, 2011 at 07:32:21
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The VPN endpoint would have to be the router with the external connection as I understand it. I'm not 100% sure you can't do what you're talking about (I've never tried it), but I suspect you can't as the way you're talking about connecting the equipment would require the VPN tunnel to pass through the router that's connected to the internet.

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November 24, 2011 at 08:26:41
Thanks, Curt. That's what I was afraid of. I'm going to see if the router can manage the VPN per device, otherwise it's back to the drawing board.

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#3
November 24, 2011 at 09:10:49
Are we sure we are talking vpn and not vlan?

"I don't want to run my entire home network through the VPN, only certain devices."

is not a description of a vpn but of a vlan
another clue is there is no mention of what the vpn is connecting to on the other side of the internet.

technically, as long as the main router supports vpn passthrough and the 2nd router can create a site to site [router to router] vpn tunnel thru the internet, this is entirely possible.

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#4
November 25, 2011 at 00:40:50
I have a VPN service through HideMyAss. The Buffalo router I mentioned has support for the connection protocols (I have no further detail here) built into the firmware. I look up the specs on my main router and see if it supports VPN pass through - Although it must because I can use the VPN software on my PC and that tunnel's through the router just fine. So there is no reason that a second router should have any additional restriction in ability from my PC.

I'm rambling now, but thanks for the input.


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#5
November 25, 2011 at 08:55:28
I don't see why it wouldn't work unless there was the restriction of public wan ip on the vpn router. Hidemyass should be able to tell you if you can use private ip on the router wan interfae.
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