Can anyone recommend an ADSL modem/router that supports the iPad VPN client

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Trust No One®, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I avoid using my iPad Wifi hotspots such as Starbucks, KFC and London
    Underground, due to the very real possibility of being hacked.

    I do use my Netbook with BT Openzone as they provide a VPN client software.
    Unfortunately the VPN profile provided by BTOpenzone for the iPad simply
    does not work.

    I am considerig changing my ADSL modem/router (currently an old but trusty
    Draytek Vigor 2800VG) for a make/model that supports the iPad VPN client.
    This VPN client is written by Cisco so I would imagine that LinkSys brand
    models would be compatible - but who kows?

    My idea is to VPN into my home network and use its Internet conection when
    I'm using Wifi hotspots. Job done :)

    With this in mind can anyone recommend a suitable make & model? I certainly
    like Draytek due to their feature set but I'm certainly willing to consider
    other makes.
    Trust No One®, Sep 21, 2012
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    Mark Guest

    Are there ways to install a different VPN client on your iPad? A quick
    Google search suggests that there may be PuTTY-like or other SSH-based
    clients available.

    If so, maybe try those before forking out on new hardware.
    Mark, Sep 21, 2012
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    Chris Davies Guest

    If it's written by Cisco it's likely to be either IPSec or possibly
    PPTP. Indeed, according to a quick google, the iPad offers IPSec, PPTP,
    and L2TP. Your Draytek should support all of those.


    Chris Davies, Sep 21, 2012

  4. Note that PPTP is deprecated even by MS themselves now never mind Cisco,
    due to security flaws (generic, not purely the former MS-CHAP flaws):

    Nick Leverton, Sep 21, 2012
  5. You're paranoid. The chances of your iPad getting hacked are
    practically nonexistent.

    If you were running a Windows machine I'd understand.
    Mike Tomlinson, Sep 22, 2012
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    Andy Burns Guest

    Or SSL, but in that case it ought to look just like https web access to
    the router.
    Andy Burns, Sep 22, 2012
  7. Hi Mike,

    Perhaps I should have explained myself better in that I meant "hack" in
    terms of someone being able to "sidejack" my web browsing sessions rather
    than hack into my Ipad.

    Yep - I may be paranoid but I make no apologies. Better safe than sorry as
    they say.

    I've been tinkering with the Draytek 2800VG VPN settings and can get PPTP to
    work, but absolutely no joy with L2TP/IPSec . Will play around some more
    later this morning when I have my weekend Starbucks :)
    Trust No One®, Sep 22, 2012
  8. Get In!!

    Thanks Chris, I had spend many hours in the past tryig to get my Draytek
    2800 to work with my iPad but no joy, so I assumed its VPN server was legacy
    and didn't support later versions of iOS

    Your post spurred me to give it another ago, and several fruitless hours
    later I've found an Internet post that gives details of necessary tweaks.

    For anyone who is interested:

    See the post by Scotty at the bottom of the page.

    I can now establish an L2TP VPN with IPSec policy from my iPad to the


    Thanks for all replies to this thread. I'm now a happy (if not paranoid)
    bunny :)
    Trust No One®, Sep 22, 2012
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    Graham J Guest

    The Vigor router can be configured to report via syslog. Set up a spare
    machine running a syslog service, and capture the output when you try to
    set up the VPN session. The errors reported in syslog may help you
    identify the configuration problem.
    Graham J, Sep 22, 2012
  10. Got it :)
    I see in another post you got it going. Nice one. :)
    Mike Tomlinson, Sep 22, 2012
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    Peter Guest

    I have the PPTP Ipad VPN app running to a Draytek 2955, and running
    the Mocha RDP client.

    It works but, like everything on an Ipad, is painful ;)

    The "IPSEC" VPN on the Ipad was reportedly written for specific Cisco
    VPN routers. If you got that working with a Draytek, I am amazed.
    Peter, Sep 24, 2012
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