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Old 01-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #16
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Thanks for the link to the user guide! The Cisco ValetPlus router came with no printed instructions but only a USB thumb drive. When I look on there, there is a 'M20 User Guide' PDF file but the PDF they provided is the QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE! So I thought that was all they gave me. After seeing the actually USER GUIDE in the link you provided, I am quite annoyed they fouled that up because it would have been nice to have that previously.

I checked the VPN settings and all three are ENABLED so that is not the problem. Where do I turn off Internet Connection Sharing as you mentioned in a previous post? I could give that a try. However, I am starting to suspect, along with Maverick's post, that this Cisco router is the problem. This router is a few years old I think and was given to us from someone who was not using it. It was not previously used (much at all) but I think it is a few years old. I am wondering if just getting a different router would correct the problem....

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Old 01-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #17
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Also, I was poking around in the advanced router settings and saw that "NAT" was ENABLED but "Dynamic Routing (RIP)" was DISABLED. What enabling dynamic routing help at all?
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:49 PM   #18
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ICS is found in the properties for your NIC. You should not need dynamic routing. It's used if you have multiple routers.

I would lean towards a new router if your wife's laptop was not able to use the VPN. It's a guessing game at this point. Could be software, your NIC or router.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:36 AM   #19
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Well, I've been dealing with networking for a long time, Cisco/Linksys have always been a bother when it comes to home networking stuff. I apprenticed under my father for cabling installations for a long time helping him out and learning in hopes to take over the family business, however that did not happen as the economy shut it down. I also though have been involved in PC's and Networking since I started with PC's in 1990/91 which of course I took off from there and I've always been a bit ahead of technology for the most part when it comes to networking. If I could right now I'd have a 10GB network card in my machine instead of a 1GB on board NIC with 10GB routing and the likes but I can not afford the equipment. I do however understand and know routers/gateways/switches well enough to say that likely your culprit is the Cisco router you are using those ones are notorious for not handling networking traffic properly let alone allowing more than 2 devices of any one type on at a time. I have always stayed away from Cisco gear if I could help it due to the fact that their stuff does tend to have this particular issue. VPN handling on most sub 200.00 Cisco products generally leaves something to be desired. I wish you luck My skype is open to you if you wish to chat with me. Just let me know when you message where you got my contact from :D
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Eagle, I have some additional information for you as well as some links and such to examples of Good products. I will direct link you to the Newegg XyXEL store where you may look at their things I reccommend the firewall router with wireless that way you kill two birds with one stone and VPN is guaranteed with that particular appliance.
ZyXEL:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833181136 such as this or there are others but this gives you the added security of a hardware firewall.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9SIA1EA0UT8905 This has AC1200 and is a normal Router.
Brand store for XyXEL below
http://www.newegg.com/ZyXEL/BrandSto...7208?Tpk=XyXEL

Netgear:
http://www.newegg.com/Netgear-Inc-/B...33?Tpk=netgear
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anything in the R6xxx series or higher in wireless would be ideal from the Netgear selection.

TrendNet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156436 this is just an example but if you do a search for TRENDnet on Newegg you should be sitting pretty just by dropping it down to Wireless networking. TRENDnet is one of the "new kids" on the block that have really come up within the last 3-4 years and I love using their products.

You Stated that you have a cable connection motorola has a VERY nice combo that's ready for pre-order on newegg, and if I could afford it I'd be buying that as a swap out for this ugly ass Telephony gateway provided by my ISP. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16825390004
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Sorry for the delayed response. I was out of town for a week. I tried to locate my Internet Connection Sharing function but could not find it.

Also, things have changed just recently in that my work IT dept. informed us that all VPN users would need to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 (or higher) effective the end of March. So now I am considering buying the Windows 7 operating disk for about $90 rather than focusing on buying a new router. Since I have to do it anyway, it would probably be worth seeing if an upgraded operating system results in my PC now being able to accept the VPN connection.
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When you install 7, it should be the Pro edition. The Windows Club site has a good tweak utility, for making 7 run faster and better. Also will allow you to remove the shortcut arrow, etc. The download is at http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultima...indows-7-vista

As for a good adapter, there is this if you have USB 3.0 ports. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...75&ignorebbr=1 Here are some USB 2.0 devices with quite a few with External antennas. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...name=USB%202.0

The good thing about having the External antenna, is that you will get better range. If you are going to be using Linux also, make sure that you are getting an adapter with a Broadcom chipset. I have found that the latest versions are having issues with the Realtek chipset, with the kernels that are in those distros. Especially Xubuntu 13.10.

I have gone with in my Toshiba Satellite C850d-st3nx1, the Intel 7260 Dual-band Wireless-ac mini-card. I had to install an extra antenna, but it has been rock solid on my unit.
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[SIZE=5][FONT=Courier New][B][SIZE=4]Well, I've been dealing with networking for a long time, Cisco/Linksys have always been a bother when it comes to home networking stuff.
Thanks for all the info Maverick. I certainly could believe it may be the Cisco ValetPlus router causing the problem but I was indeed able to get the VPN to work just fine on my wife's laptop and it is using the same router. Wouldn't that confirm that the router is not the problem and that maybe it is something wrong with my desktop unit?
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When you install 7, it should be the Pro edition. The Windows Club site has a good tweak utility, for making 7 run faster and better. Also will allow you to remove the shortcut arrow, etc. The download is at http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultima...indows-7-vista
Thanks for the tip! I am thinking about going in the a different direction now and buying a used CPU with Windows 7 on it. I need to make sure my desktop works with my VPN connection and there could be problems within this older Gateway unit that are not allowing it to happen. If I go and put down nearly a $100 for the Windows 7 operating disc, it may still not work with VPN on my PC. I can grab a newer used CPU for about $50 locally.

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