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RV180 PPTP VPN server limitation?

For the past week, I have tried to setup the PPTP VPN server on the RV180. The setup was straight forward, but I could not log-on no matter what I tried. I decided to call Cisco small business support, and as I was talking to the engineer, it mysteriously started to work. I was puzzled and somewhat embarrassed because I'd hate to admit it was an id10t problem on my part. As I tried a few different configurations, I began to realize there might be a limitation in the RV180 PPTP VPN server with the current firmware ( I want to share my experience and see if anyone have noticed the same thing:

In short, the RV180 PPTP only works with subnet.

My setup has 3 vlans: vlan1 in subnet, vlan2, and vlan3 My originally plan was to keep vlan3 isolated by disabling inter-vlan routing, but I needed a way to manage a couple of devices on vlan3 remotely, thus I wanted to setup a VPN in the subnet. This turned out to be the reason why it never worked before.

Today when I called Cisco support, I assigned the PPTP VPN server a ip range, and it worked. Later, I tried assigning or ip addresses to the PPTP VPN server, and they both failed to work. I created another test vlan4 with subnet, and assigned the PPTP VPN server to that vlan, and it worked again.

I'd like to mention that I already configured the subnet with a few devices before I replaced my router with RV180, and I don't want to have to change and test the setup of all the devices. Another reason I want to have my VPN server outside the range is that it's way too commonly used by wifi hotspots that it increases the chance of wifi and vpn in the same subnet.

I can test a few more configurations, but I think the results will be the same. I don't know if anyone else have notice this. Perhaps Cisco should test the RV180 in the lab to confirm what I found. I hope the next firmware update will be less restrictive.


I can confirm that PPTP server only works if it's IP range is in

It will be very appreciated if Cisco would confirm this limitation and hopefully remove it in the next firmware release.

Thanks for your confirmation. I am a bit puzzled because it seems to work for some (

Are there different versions of RV180? RV180 vs RV180W? Firmware?

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