May 16 2004
While I was in Boston last week, I attempted
to prove my technical manliness by helping my friends Paul and Karen Lilla
get their US
Robotics 8054 wi-fi router up and
running. They are DSL subscribers, so we had to configure the PPPoE
setup, which was fine. A couple more tweaks, and the wifi was humming.
Unfortunately, what wasn't working was the IBM VPN connection. The AT&T Network Client would try and try to negotiate encryption keys with the VPN server, try to authenticate, and start over again. Even viewing the AT&T client's verbose settings didn't provide me any clues as to why it was failing to connect. I suspect an IPSec filtering kind of problem, but couldn't find anyplace in the router where it might be blocking a particular required port.
Anyone have any experience with this particular router and the AT&T client? It kicked my ass for sure, and I didn't have any time to call USR tech support. USR's support website basically says that the configuration should be supported, and obviously it's not.