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How do I set up a VPN connection with PIX 501?

Our Linksys router can do it, but the 501 PIX cannot. How do I setup VPN so I can access my server from outside the network?

We are totally idiots, so please be kind and not use techie-talk, and don't suppose we know anything.


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  • aftecboy Nov 11, 2008

    Thanks for responding ex_ocsic_cat,

    Well, I briefly looked at the link you sent to me, and during the quick browse through it looks intimidating for a novice office worker like me. I am sure that you are well versed in the language of Cisco. I will give it a try and follow what they are saying, but honestly I am not sure that I will get too far.

    We would be using the PPTP as we do not have the download capability with Cisco. The PIX router is used and was one that was upgraded on another job by a third party support guy, they gave the PIX to him, and he then passed it on to us to replace our failing Linksys router. The support guy is no longer available for working on our systems as he took a full-time job with another company before he could get our router configured. So, this has all fallen to me to deal with. I make web sites and applications, thus I am not a network person. That is why the Cisco terminology is all foreign to me.

    Thanks for the link and offer to help.

  • ex_ocsic_cat May 11, 2010

    Hi Aftecboy,

    You can configure remote access vpn using your pix501 in 2 ways.

    1.) cisco vpn client --> this requires the cisco vpn client software which is downloadable in (if you have software download access)

    2.) pptp --> this is also known as the microsoft vpn (no extra software to be installed - you just need a machine running windows to connect)

    You can check on the document below which explains everything:

    If you can provide me temporary access to the device (temporary ssh connection) then I can configure it for you. If this is not possible, then you can provide me a copy of the pix config (without the passwords and usernames).

    Let me know also which one would you like to configure - vpn client or pptp?





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No worries. Just give it a try then let us know should you get any problems or follow-up questions.

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