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VPN made simple, PLEASE!
DaveA Oct-14-00 01:44 AM
I'm trying to connect a computer or two from my home to a computer or two at my small office. I don't have NT server. I do have Win98 and Win2000 Pro. I have an SMC Barricade, which purports to support VPN.
My question is this: If I simply share drives on my office computer(s), and connect them via the Barricade, can I dial-vpn into that with Win98 from home? Or does the machine which is sharing its drive HAVE to be running VPN, and does it HAVE to be NT Server? Is there any way to configure 2000 Pro to serve VPN? Or, again, does it even need to, if the Barricade 'supports' it? Another way of asking this is, if I have a Barricade at home, and a Barricade at work, can they securely communicate (VPN) between the two of them, but on the inside of those walls, it's business as usual?

1. RE: VPN made simple, PLEASE!
lbyard Oct-16-00 04:48 PM
In response to message 0
I havenít done it, but as far I can tell from reading the documentation, the Barricade can be configured to support communications through it to a VPN server, but is not a VPN server in and of itself. In other words, the Barricade permits VPN communications between VPN servers. If your office is a local phone call away, you could setup a direct dial-up connection per http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q139/7/10.asp?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0 instead of going through the Internet; but I have found that this sort of connection is rather slow. Also, I would presume putting the Internet between dial-ups in a VPN arrangement would also be slow. For a better solution, you may want to look into Symantecís pcAnywhere (http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/products/products.cfm?productID=2). It has a speed advantage over the other dial-up options in that it allows a remote computer to take over the screen and keyboard of a local computer and thus eliminates the need to move large chunks of data and programs over the communications connection; the processing is done on the local computer. I have done that and it works about as good as anything short of broadband connections to the Internet at both ends of the system. It can also run over the Internet. A trial version of the software is available. If you give it a spin, please let us know how it worked-out. I havenít tried it since version six. Larry

2. RE: VPN made simple, PLEASE! - what about SonicWall?
DaveA Oct-16-00 05:20 PM
In response to message 1
Thanks, that's what I thought. Also, had the manufacture wrong, that's SMC.
Now, there's a more expensive box, the Sonic Wall SOHO 10, that has 'VPN upgrades' and appears you licence it for a number of connections. Since the lower-cost routers support sorta 'pass thru' with many many more connections than Sonic Wall, could it mean that SonicWall *can* be a server? One version supports 10 simultaneous connections, the next up supports 50.

3. RE: VPN made simple, PLEASE! - what about SonicWall?
lbyard Oct-16-00 07:06 PM
In response to message 2
I looked at the documentation and found it a bit confusing... It looks like it encrypts the data going on the Internet and allows remote clients to tunnel through the firewall and connect to local hosts. Larry

4. RE: VPN made simple, PLEASE! - what about SonicWall?
DaveA Oct-16-00 08:35 PM
In response to message 3
That sounds like what I need. To clarify: I have a contact database I need to share with remote users (salesmen). We need multiple simultaneous connections, so PC Anywhere is out. And they are spread out across the globe, so Internet is the way. With VPN, as I understand it, I can share the database drive, and they can 'dial' into it with VPN dial-up client, map a drive, and they are 'in'. What I'm trying to avoid is buying and setting up , and baby-sitting, Windows NT Server.

5. RE: VPN made simple, PLEASE! - what about SonicWall?
lbyard Oct-16-00 09:38 PM
In response to message 4
Let us knw how it worked-out, OK? Larry

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