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By tcarter ·
I need access through my cable modem/router/firewall from the internet to my in house network. What would be a simple and secure method to allow specific people into my intranet?

Thanks.

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by road-dog In reply to Newbie Network Question

What type of router / firewall / modem?
What features does it have for setting security?
what type of access do external users need?
how many external users?

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by tcarter In reply to Newbie Network Question

Thanks, good questions.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Newbie Network Question

That is what VPN is for. PPTP or L2TP tunneling protocol with encryption, ACLs to set up who can access and, most importantly, who CAN'T.

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by tcarter In reply to Newbie Network Question

Thanks, I'll look into it... May be another post.

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by TechKid In reply to Newbie Network Question

if you have windows xp pro the easiest way would be through remote desktop. If you have nt server or 2000 server use terminal services with IPSec VPN. Or try PCAnywhere by Symantec. If they just need file access you can use an FTP server or a web server... many options

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by tcarter In reply to Newbie Network Question

Specifically just need TCP/IP. Thanks. Good info. Calling the answers unacceptable seems harsh, but I've not gotten a complete answer yet. I appreciate all the help.

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by smmurphy In reply to Newbie Network Question

The first question I have to ask is if your ISP issues you a static or dynamic IP address. If it is a dynamic addressing system, it still is possible for you to set up an external connection, but it makes it much more difficult.

Once you have determined the IP address, then that will indicate the type of VPN/Firewall/Login you will need to set up. (Unless you are not concerned with security of your network.)

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by tcarter In reply to Newbie Network Question

I have a dynamic ip address. I don't believe that they will provide a static address. Is there a method for publishing dynamic addresses linked to a specific name? Like a DNS, but with a dynamic address. A directory service?

Thanks.

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by tcarter In reply to Newbie Network Question

At present, a cable modem provided by comcast, a linksys router and a black ice firewall.

Five people currently need access.

Todd

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by smmurphy In reply to Newbie Network Question

I hate to say it, but in all of the research I've done the last couple of days, there isn't an easy solution for a dynamic IP address VPN host.

What I have found is that if both ends of the VPN are dynamic IP addresses, you will need to use one of the Dynamic DNS providers. I did a search for Dynamic DNS that list many providers, but none of them refered to VPN capabilities. There were also some incompatability issues noted for connection to nonpublic static IP addresses that resided behinda public dynamic IP address. (LAN nodes behind a firewall or router)

As far as cost, they ranged from free (very limit service) to $75/ month depending on what services are required.

If I remember right, Comcast recently merged with AT&T. If this is the case, a static IP address may be available. This is looking to be your easiest solution for configuring a VPN.

Sorry I couldn't be more help. Good luck.

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