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VPN Hardware & Software Configuration

By nchia007 ·
We currenly have 2 offices. Both have DSL from the same company. Both also have the same operating system (Windows NT). One office have to constantly dial up to the other via PC Anywhere. which is too time consuming.

I would like to set up a VPN, but do not know much about it.

What do I need to set up a VPN? If I purchased a LINKSYS (ethernet fast cable/dsl router with built in 4 port switch) for both offices. would I need to purchase any other software for this to work?

If so, what software do I need and around how much would this cost?

How do I configure the Router to create a VPN?

Thank you in advance.

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VPN Hardware & Software Configuration

by curlergirl In reply to VPN Hardware & Software C ...

You can create a simple VPN without a router as long as you have a public, static IP address at the main office and servers at both ends. You can use the servers to do your routing by making them multi-homed (two NICs in each server - one for the local subnet and one for the "outside world"). If you don't have a server then you would need a router on the end where there is no server, depending upon your operating systems and hardware setup.

You can set up a VPN on any Windows NT server that is connected to the Internet by setting up RAS, installing the PPTP protocol and adding VPN ports to the RAS configuration on the server. Then you need to set up the clients to first connect to the Internet and then connect to the VPN server's IP address using the PPTP protocol - this can be done on any Win9x system using Dial-Up Networking v.1.3 or above, or on any NT workstation. Be cautious, however, and remember that by doing this you are opening up your server to the Internet and possible hacking. If you don't have a firewall or proxy server software, you might want to add this to your configuration at both ends. There is documentation on TechNet or the MS web site about how to do all this. Hope this helps!

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