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inexpensive VPN

Hi,

I'm looking for an inexpensive way to set up a VPN between my roving laptop and small office.  This is both to access shared folders in the office network, and for to protect my internet traffic when I use public wireless networks (such as in my local library).

Any ideas?  I understand this is built into Win 2000 Server, but we're mostly Win 2000/XP Pro with a little Linux.

WILL

Will Glass-Husain
Saturday, November 16, 2002

You could buy some SOHO-oriented DSL/cable routers for under $100 that can support a PPTP connection.  I've got one from D-Link that I think has that capability.

And if you've got a Linux box acting as a router, check out http://www.freeswan.org -- haven't used it, but it's probably one of several options there.

Sam
Saturday, November 16, 2002

Thanks for the tip. 

Good idea on the Linux.  Free S/WAN supports IPSec.  With some more research, I also found PopTop, which is a Linux server for PPTP (the Microsoft VPN protocol).

Interestingly, it turns out that Windows XP can host a single remote VPN connection.  Might be enough for now, although the Linux option is intriguing.

http://asia.cnet.com/itmanager/netadmin/0,39006400,39050037,00.htm

Will Glass-Husain
Saturday, November 16, 2002

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