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By bfeltus ·
Do I need VPN over DSL to connect 2 offices? From what I have been reading, vpn is slow over dsl. I have 2 windows 2000 servers. We will have dsl for internet access. The users will share office documents. What equipment do I need if I am able to dothis without a vpn?

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by george In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

First of all, if you are going to have an open connection to the internet I would get a firewall. There are several SOHO firewalls available that would protect your networks and also provide VPN between the two offices. SonicWall SOHO3 and TELE3, Watchguard Firebox SOHOtc, and D-Link DFL-300 SOHO VPN to name three. Watchguard has been around for a while and have an easy to set up product.
There are also software firewalls, but you would have to use a dedicated computer for them.
Whichever wayyou go, please use a firewall. It is one of the most basic ways to protect your network from outsiders.

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by bfeltus In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

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by bfeltus In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

I need to know how to connect 2 offices using dsl. Can it be done without vpn. I need answers along the line of routers, modems, dsl on both ends, getting from point A to B. Thank you.

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by mshavrov In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

Answer 1 is completely right. All you need - DSL service in both offices and Broadband routers with VPN capability.

Let's talk about DSL service. Usually DSL ISP offers ADSL 768K/128K or 1.5M/128K. What does it mean? It means that you can download at high speed (768K or 1.5M) and upload at 128K. So, in general, your inter-office communication will be not more than 128K. If it's enough - go with it. If not - you should look for Bussines DSL Services. Some ISP offers SDSL 768K/768K service (both download and upload speed is 768K). But usually these services costs more, than regular residential subscription.

So, analize data pattern between hosts, find which data should be transfered between offices and decide, what speed will be suitable for your case and go forward. Residential routers have very simply and intuitive interface and you can configure it very easy.

Good luck.

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by megaxtar In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

Answer: Yes, Your ISP should provide all equipment and software. You must decide on how you protect your network.

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by cordell In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

You are getting some good answers, but there is more you will want to think about. How far apart are the offices, and can you get the same DSL provider in both locations? If not, and your DSL providers have different backbone providers, then your internet traffic could be going to Dallas and back just between two offices in Denver.
Confirm what features are available on the DSL Router (sometime called a DSL modem by merketing people). Many small business class models have firewalls built in. Some even have VPN capability. Good luck.

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by MBatty In reply to Connecting offices with D ...

The need for VPN is to do with security. If you are happy to have your hosts open to the Internet you can connect directly across it using your public IP addresses.

This is not a good idea, as I am sure you are aware. There are some very good, resonably priced DSL routers that are simple in install and configure. They usually include VPN and Firewall capability so that you don't have to put VPN software on you hosts.

So I would suggest that you do use a VPN between your sites, but put this functionality on the DSL router. This will allow all your machines at both sites to talk to each other in a secure manner and still browse the Internet. Suggest you look at the Vigor DSL routers at www.draytek.co.uk for more information.

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