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VPN Alternatives

By jvandiem ·
We have a small office with a peer to peer network. We have a couple of consultants who use applications on one of the machines through Go2MyPc. This software only allows one remote connection at a time and we are beginning to outgrow that. We looked into getting a VPN but we're not sure we have the money or technical know-how for a VPN. Is there a middle solution? Something between simple remote access software and a VPN? Thanks for any opinions and help.

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Simple VPN

by Oz_Media In reply to VPN Alternatives

You can setup a VERY simple and inexpensive VPN without the big software and hardware investment.

Buy a couple of VPN routers ($100.00 ea. such as a Linksys).Done deal.


Contact your ISP, they probably offer a secured VNP service at a reasonable cost, if you are using business class ISP and not just the local residential DSL or cable service.

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by iMpulse In reply to Simple VPN

Depending on your requirements. That may be too much as well. Very similar to GotomyPC window's XP Professional has a built in Remote Desktop service you can install. (Be there, see it, click it) interface. All programs run on the Host machine, montior and keyboard ect, use the remote machine (where you sit) This can be connected to by any internet connection on any windows 98+ platform.

VPN's will be not too much different then the network at your work place. You'll be able to print, and file share to the remote PC, but not much more then that.

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Remote Desktop in XP

by jvandiem In reply to

We thought about Remote Desktop but several consultants would be using the same PC at the same time. Which I think involves setting up Terminal Services.

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by willcomp In reply to Remote Desktop in XP

Terminal Services Ain't Cheap or Easy

Basic requirements are 2 Win2K or Win2003 servers with active directory installed on file server (domain controller) and terminal services installed on terminal server.

Having just been through such a setup, it isn't easy nor cheap.

MS has some good info on terminal services requirements on their website.

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