VPN Service on Linksys E1000 v2.1 in Repeater Bridge Mode?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 19:18    Post subject: VPN Service on Linksys E1000 v2.1 in Repeater Bridge Mode? Reply with quote
I split time between two domiciles (D1 and D2) and I wish to begin using a VPN service at both locations. The service I am considering allows that up to five devices can be connected at any one time. I can use the connections at one or more locations.

I have a Linksys E1000 v2.1 that I have successfully flashed with v24-sp2(05/03/11)mini. I have used this router as a repeater bridge at D1. I also have available a Linksys E3000 in its stock form.

At D1, I share a wireless connection with three other users. I could configure the VPN on this wireless router, but if I did, the other users and their guests would likely use five devices, leaving me with no VPN service when I am at D2.

Is it both possible AND recommended to use a VPN service on the E1000 in repeater bridge mode at D1 with the current build? This unit has 4mb flash ram.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
You have a few problems here..
Firstly, you will never get a VPN to run on a device running as a wireless repeater. The device does not do any routing, so you would have to run the VPN client on the device which is your current default gateway. By the sounds of it this is not your device, so that is probably out of the question.
But if you run your router as a router with a wireless WAN connection you should be able to run a VPN client on it, although the network provider would be able to detect this connection and are likely to block your clients. You would have to do some testing.
Your second problem is that there have been some upgrades to OpenVPN in the llast few years so your router definitely would need a firmwae upgrade.
Your next problem is that most firmware for routers with less tha 4megs of NVRAM does not include OpenVPN support, you need to look for a build which supports OpenVPN (which probably means it will lack support for some other feature/s). Perhaps consider using your other old modem.
If you can get a router running on the network and get OpenVPN client running, it would be a simple matter to restrict access to the VPN to one device. Of course the VPN provider would have no way of knowing how many devices are connected, they would only see one connection, the one to the router. Note that a VPN running on either of your old routers will likely result in very disappointing Internet speeds.

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