Networking

Five inexpensive third-party VPN clients

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2. Gadmin VPN Client

Gadmin VPN Client is another means to connect to the OpenVPN server. This tool is part of the Gadmin Tools suite of administration tools (you can even install a Gadmin VPN Server GUI to help you easily set up an OpenVPN server).

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7 comments
red4
red4

Why should you use a third party ssl vpn solution over built-n pptp? Are you serious? M$ pptp uses CHAP, I believe its M$ Chap v2. This is so lame a security solution that there are ready made crackers out there for it. I believe that on a fairly recent Security Now podcast (www.twit.tv) that Steve Gibson covered this and said that some chaps had now come up with a cluster that can on average crack CHAP in in less than 30 minutes. He also clearly stated that OpenVPN is not as easily hit as its SSL not CHAP. PPTP may be braindead simple, but breaking into it is probably exactly the same.

okarsligil
okarsligil

OpenVPN clients do not come bundled with MAC or Windows. PPTP is not the preferred VPN protocol anymore. Many people switched to SSL VPNs for which there is no WIndows client built in. Similarly if you are using CISCO VPN you need a special client. If your platform does not support the vendor's client (up until a couple of years ago there was no 64bit Cisco VPN client) then you need a third party tool.

dwightwilbanks
dwightwilbanks

I've seen this type of comparison before, I read this, and the others and and have absolutely no idea what someone would want to use a third party ad-on instead of the build in windows, and mac client. If someone said, its more secure, that would be a strength worth mentioning, or if someone said it was easier it would be worth mentioning (I would call them a liar because both mac and windows is super easy with instructions provided by everyone) But, the complete lack of comment confuses me, Configuring pptp for windows is brain dead simple, and connecting does not require adding software that in the past has had compatibility issues. Please, someone tell me why I would want any of these?

TonyKl
TonyKl

I don't know why no additional info. Time and space constraints perhaps but the main point is to get the names and screenshots out there generating interest. After several unseccessful attempts some years ago to get IPSEC on W2k and XP to connect to a Netgear VPN appliance. I'll happily try one of these since Netgear was charging ~$50 per seat client. BTW Editor. Shrew is not spelled Shbre.

Kevin
Kevin

If it is so brain dead simple, perhaps you would let me hire you to figure out why I have had no success after dozens of hours of effort allowing remote internet access on my SBS 2008 server!

wyattharris
wyattharris

I think this is a good point. The gallery touches on each but not really why you'd use one over the other.

Realvdude
Realvdude

I did not have much luck using it to connect to a Netgear FVS114. I had to go looking when the Netgear client (from SafeNet) did not support Vista. I also use a Netgear SSL312, but Netgear never released a firmware update to include the client download that would support 64 bit Windows (Vista and newer). They do support newer OS on the enterprise level SSL device. New connections now go on our OpenVPN virtual appliance (openvpn.net), at $50/yr for 10 user license; with simple client deployment, it was a no brainer decision to forget about Netgear.