VPN Routers for Remote

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Has anyone successfully used two VPN routers for remote?
If so, what make and model? (cisco RV042, Linksys LRT224, or ?)
And what issues setting it up. Have FiOS one end (Ethernet connection), TWC the other.

Seems like a quick and simple solution for waiting for 2.0
With other potential network side benefits

Thanks

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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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Ric,

I assume you mean one router on each 'side' of the connection as opposed to a VPN client in the computer running Smartsdr?
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Many of us use two raspberry pis running softether. K6OZY has videos on how to set it up but I also have a script for quick setup. 
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I have been able to successfully link two locations and to operate SmartSDR remotely. I have used two Netgear R7000's utilizing Advanced Tomato firmware and the built-in OpenVPN function to create an always on site to site VPN link between the two locations. The trick with OpenVPN is to use TAP mode (bridged) and not TUN mode (routed) otherwise SmartSDR will not function. The OpenVPN setup is easy and GUI based other than the creation of the certificate. The two locations share a common "Class B" /21 subnet. No issues for the past 18 months between sites. I can provide more details if you need them. 

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I have tried using the Linksys 1900 ACS but they use TUN mode and the Net I/P address is not in the same group. I am not sure why Linksys is always behind the 8-ball on VPN. So I have settled with Softether. Appreciate the other inputs, I find all of this information very helpful.


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I use my QNAP as a VPN server.. works well
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I use two Windows desktops as SoftEther VPN bridges - similar to using two Raspberry Pi's.

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Thanks all

Ria, I would like that script
I have no problem putting things together, I just am trying to resist a months long added project.
I am a hardware guy who hacks at software, so....
but I could certainly buy a couple of R-Pi boxes
Where do they fit in the architecture? Just plug into your Ethernet? And set some port forwarding?

Anyway, I am up for trying that to get the Maestro up and going remotely quick and easy

BTW, I do run multiple Windows systems, some remotely, and don't like their reliability!
And then there is the Windows 10 propensity to update, ugh!

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"And then there is the Windows 10 propensity to update, ugh!"

https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

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To answer your questions:

There is a space for a u.fl connector on the RPi 3 board. If you have steady hands, good eyesight and a fine tipped soldering iron, you can solder it on. Then attach a pigtail to terminate in a RP-SMA socket. From that you can then connect an external antenna. Parts available from Digi-key and Amazon. 

I posted the server script up here somewhere, but here it is again:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0HrAJwAk8BjUU5icnlIS1hxbzg

I haven't put up a script for the client (Maestro) end yet. But what you can do is run the server script on the client box to do the install, and then Ctrl-C when it prompts you for username/password etc.

Then you can set up a "cascade connection" to connect to the pi on the server end. You'll also have to set up a bridge to the wired ethernet interface on the pi. All of this is done from the SoftEther GUI. 

For wifi connections, you could hand edit files as K6OZY does in his videos, or you can do this which I found to be more handy:

https://planb.nicecupoftea.org/2016/03/20/wifi-connect-quick-wifi-access-point-to-tell-a-raspberry-p...

Basically this allows you to select your wifi on the go by connecting to the pi with a smartphone via wifi. Once you select the wifi SSID, it will then disconnect from the smartphone and connect to the wifi.

I've been meaning to script all of this but haven't gotten the time (the election was busy for me plus some personal challenges on my end). 

Reach out if you need help. :)

Ria
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Many thanks Ria
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Well I'm redoing it anyway with something better and more automated. But this will work for now.
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Thanks all for the inputs
I will be putting together the SoftEther on Raspberry Pi 3s
The bridge will also be useful for tying the two lications together for other uses
So that is a plus
And I will learn a lot
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I went the siftethervpn on raspberry pi route
Server with radio on time warner network in Maine
Bridge with Meastro on verizon fios in Mass.
All worked great for 3 days 24 hours per day
Then it started to falter with long net work times 500+ that was normally 42 ms
Then quite all together
Seems to be Verizon related
The networks connect, the ip tables are fine both ends
I see the radio, connect, get the version choices then it hangs
If I wait a long time, like 20 minutes I can get to the menus on Maestro but no network activity shows ips
If I try SSDR on that sane network on the PC same behavior
Go some funny security messages on verizon actiotech router
Spent many hours on phone with verizon to no avail
Anybody else see this or have ideas?
All greatvully appreciated
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Btw
I took out the actiontech router and put in a netgear r7000, same deal
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