PPTP-VPN on Stock Kernel

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Attention: What ever you do, you do it on your own risk


You have to have firmware 1.34 already installed and opened for telnet access. If not, you can find a guide here: Open Stock Firmware LS-XHL

You need to have the optware IPKG system installed on your device. If not, you can find a guide here: Ipkg_on_the_Linkstation_(for_end-users)

For enabling the Microsoft MPPE-Encryption we need a kernel-Module that can be loaded by the stock kernel. For this you need to download the following package:


For Firmwares before 1.34 this also may work, but it's unknown if the needed Kernel-Modules are also available.

What's the aim

The aim is to realize a PPTP VPN-Server, that allows users to dial in, establish a PPTP-Tunnel, and work remotely on the LS (or your network).

What is needed

The good news are: if you have downloaded the package above, and if you are running Firmware 1.34 with the optware IPKG Feed, the basics are there.

The bad news: we need to add a kernel-module, the PPTP-Server (POPTOP) and need to configure the things.

How to install the MPPE Kernel Module

Untar the package "nobody.tgz". You will find a new kernel-file and a module-archive "modules.tar". Forget the kernel-file, as we don't need that. Untar the module-archive "modules.tar".

In there you will find the following path: /drivers/net/ In this path you will find the file: ppp_mppe.ko

You need to copy this file to the modules directory of your Linkstation /lib/modules/%kernel-version%/kernel/drivers/net

Now you need to edit the file /etc/modules.conf and ADD the following:

  alias tty-ldisc-3 ppp_async
  alias tty-ldisc-14 ppp_synctty
  alias ppp-compress-18 ppp_mppe
  alias ppp-compress-21 bsd_comp
  alias ppp-compress-24 ppp_deflate
  alias ppp-compress-26 ppp_deflate
  alias net-pf-47 ip_gre

Now we need to update the module-library. Just execute the following command:

  depmod -a

OK, now the kernel-module is installed, and MPPE Encryption is available.

How to install the PPTP-Server

We are using the OpenSource project POPTOP as PPTP-Server. This is available in the optware feed, therefore install it with the following command:

  ipkg install POPTOP