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L2TP/IPSec VPN client?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by Shasarak, May 17, 2018.

  1. Shasarak

    Shasarak Occasional Visitor

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    I'll hope you'll excuse the idiot-newbie question. :)

    I've recently acquired an Asus RT-AC86U router, and am trying out asuswrt-merlin 384.5 on it.

    Am I correct in thinking that is NOT currently possible for the router to establish its own L2TP/IPSec connection (as a client)?

    It can do L2TP; but there's nowhere to enter a pre-shared key - so does that mean it's L2TP, but not L2TP/IPSec? And does that, in turn, mean that any L2TP client connection the router establishes will be unencrypted?
     
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  3. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Correct. Asus started work on implementing client support, but they haven't completed it yet. So far they only recently finalized server support.
     
  4. Shasarak

    Shasarak Occasional Visitor

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    So, how likely is it that L2TP/IPSEC client support will be added in the future, and do we have any idea of timescale?
     
  5. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    No idea. At times, Asus has started working on things, only to drop them mid-development for various reasons, so it's impossible to tell. The OpenVPN server spent close to a year in development before they started enabling it on a few select models for instance, while their Tor implementation was never finalized (I had to complete their work to be able to enable it).
     
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  6. wiz

    wiz Regular Contributor

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    Well, I am in the process of getting a new router to replace my asus-RT N66u. I was hoping to see any development going on to have l2p/ipsec on the asus routers. Would it be possible to install strongswan on a thumbdrive and go from there? Originally I had Openvpn running that way prior to the point it actually got implemented in the firmware. And if that would be a starting point, is there any model that does the encryption in hardware to get some decent speeds?
     
  7. unsynaps

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    You have to get an 86U. Only Asus router that supports hardware encryption. Any other router is going to top out around 50megabit.
     
  8. wiz

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    thanks unsynaps!
     
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