Performance Analysis of OpenVPN on a Consumer Grade Router

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Executive Summary

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) offer an alternative solution using Internet Protocol (IP) tunnels to create secure, encrypted communication between geographically distant networks using a common shared medium such as the Internet. They use tunneling to establish end-to-end connectivity. OpenVPN is a cross-platform, secure, highly configurable VPN solution. Security in OpenVPN is handled by the OpenSSL cryptographic library which provides strong security over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) using standard algorithms such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Blowfish, or Triple DES (3DES). The Linksys WRT54GL router is a consumer-grade router made by Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, capable of running under Linux.

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