Friday, February 16, 2007

Linksys BEFSX41

My wife bought me a Linksys BEFSX41 router for my birthday. Our old Linksys WRT54GS was starting to fail.  The wireless on that router stopped working, and periodically the router needed to be rebooted to keep access to our broad band connection.

The main reason that I wanted the BEFSX41 was for the VPN endpoint.  I have been forwarding ssh connections to a computer inside our network.  Then I forward the connections through this computer to other computers on the internal network.

This is a pain, for a couple of reasons

  1. The computer inside the firewall needs to be up in order for the ssh tunnel to work.

  2. The ports to be tunneled, need to be specified when creating the initial ssh connection.

Now I just need to figure out how to configure Mac OS X's internal VPN client to connect to this endpoint.  This should allow me to access my whole network, with out leaving a computer up and running, and without specifying the ports I want tunneled before hand.

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