What's an easy to setup hardware vpn solution?

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  1. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    We need to connect two offices together via a VPN. Each office has a static public IP address and runs NAT on the LAN side. There's also a need for a few people outside of these two offices to connect into either office to retrieve files.

    Is there a relatively simple to configure router I can put at each location that will both enable LAN to LAN VPN and allow people at remote locations in? And would the VPN client built into WinXP work or would the remote users have to install a proprietary VPN client? I'm familiar with the basic concepts of VPNs but have never implemented one before and don't know who makes good hardware and who doesn't.
     
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    A Linksys VPN Router. The not so easy free solution would be OpenVPN.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Any specific models you can recommend?
     
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    Look under their business solutions under routers - any of em will be sufficent. Think about the dual WAN connections too - handy feature.
     
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    ssl vpns ftw!
     
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    see: TCP over TCP problem. Which can actually be an issue if you're linking two offices for alot of traffic. You won't notice it for casual use.
     
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    Are the instructions pretty good? I'm pretty technical and have configured a million small NAT routers, but never done a VPN. Each of the two LANs is on a different private network (192.168.1.x and 192.168.2.x for example) so I'm assuming that the routers will seamlessly route traffic between the two LANs over the VPN tunnel, right? How would someone outside of these two LANs connect in? Will the VPN client in XP do it?
     
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    It is very, very easy if you have one at each end. The instructions are adequate and yes it will route.

    As to the VPN client from outside, I don't know.
     

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