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By johnrogo ·
My main office has win98 machines networked peer-to-peer sharing databases, we have a dsl internet connection on a win 98 machine running wingate. Is there an inexpensive way that I can access the office network from my home computer? Maybe replacing the 98/wingate machine with a soho/vpn router?

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by McKayTech In reply to remote network access

It depends on how you define "inexpensive". Certainly the easiest solution to set up would be a hardware router/vpn solution and there are several on the market. Unfortunately, none of them qualify as "inexpensive" by my definition.

On the other hand, I define "inexpensive" as "embarrassingly cheap or free" and my Linux-based router qualifies on that point. I used a surplus 486 with 12meg of RAM, 2 NIC cards and only a floppy drive, downloaded the disk image for the floppy from http://lrp.steinkuehler.net, added the IPSec package and was good to go for the cost of some tweaking time.

And because the VPN tunnel terminates on the firewall/gateway, I have full access to the network rather than just having access to one workstation aswould be the case if I used a VPN server behind the firewall on a workstation.

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by Mike O In reply to remote network access

You could probably use PC Anywhere if you're looking for an inexpensive solution. You would have to configure Wingate to allow that traffic into your network. If you're home PC has a dedicated IP address, I would also restrict that PCAnywhere accessto coming from that address or network. Make sure you use some solid passwords and I would turn PC Anywhere off when you know you're not going to be using it.

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