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Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Mr.Cheeks, May 17, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Hi all,

    i know the concept of a VPN, if you dont, a basic overview is here....

    Say i set up one on my network at home, would i need to forward any ports to connect to it from work?

    I will have a proper try @ some point in the week anyway...
     
  2. hbroomhall

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    Rather depends on how you set it up - there are several ways.

    One way is to get the router to be the VPN endpoint. The better routers will do this, and that will obviate the need for port-forwarding. Otherwise you will need to terminate it on a machine on your internal network - which will need forwarding.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    Harry - do you mean i may need to port forward from work? if i want to connect to it?
     
  4. hbroomhall

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    No - depending on how you do it you may need to port forward on your home router to the vpn endpoint on your network.

    Harry.
     
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  5. Mr.Cheeks

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    lovely... thats what i wanted to hear...

    cheers Harry, once again, you have eased my troubles...
     
  6. Mr.Cheeks

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    So what exactly is a VPN router, and why cant you use a normal router for a VPN? I was reading an article and it said you require a VPN router? i thought you download a client, install and configure it, open your ports thats it...
     
  7. hbroomhall

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    This is not an area I know a huge amount about, but a VPN router is able to terminate a VPN. Otherwise the VPN is terminated somewhere behind the router.

    This is my understanding of it. Anyone else?

    Harry.
     
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  8. Mr.Cheeks

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    In XP, if i use network connections wiz, when i get to the screen 'accept incoming connections', for the device i have lpt2 :blink that cant be right... i can not select any other device either...
     
  9. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Most broadband routers have slow processors in them, while VPN routers throughput of 6Mbps or 600kps.

    Monkey 8)
     
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    Do have VPN 'client' software loaded on your pc? :blink

    That is correct Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol that is an extension to PPP protocol used for VPN.
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

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    i downd OpenVNC but got lost, couldn't find a executable... do you know of an easy to use client?
     
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  13. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Just out of curiousity Cheek what type of VPN router are you using?

    rf550VPN??

    It's a shame your not using Windows 2000 server has it is built in.

    I can't find the files... but have you tried this website.

    http://www.instant-vpn.com/

    Monkey :biggrin
     
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  14. Mr.Cheeks

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    Now im not sure whether i saw lpt2 or l2tp? :blink

    i aint using a vpn router, i have a linksys router and an adsl bt modem... :rolleyes:
     
  15. Mr.Cheeks

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    Its been blocked except the homepage...

    i have an util for remote administrating my pc, which is fine, but the transfer speed from host to client is slow, i wanted to create this VPN so the speed is decent, could create a ftp site but was told that it is really awkward to configure...
     
  16. hbroomhall

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    VPN does tend to be slow.

    there is an awful lot of work being done to pull this particular trick, hence the speed hit.

    What prob are you having with VNC? I use it a lot, and it is easy to setup I found. In my case I run it over SSH.

    Harry.
     
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  17. Mr.Cheeks

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    1 - i did see lpt2 for incoming connections (isnt that a printer port)

    2 - im changing my tactic, and would like to know whether this is possible and can be made secure;
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    2 machines
    XP1 & XP2 (XP2 always on)

    XP1 - 1 Folder shared
    XP2 - external USB hdd connected to it and in there are the 2 folders shared to be used for FTPing

    use Remote Admin to connect and adminster the machine.
    create a FTP site on XP2

    how would i link my FTP site to the shared folder on XP1? i only created a basic FTP site in Win2k for testing purposes...

    Does the folders that i want to be FTPed have to be within 1 folder or can they be scattered around?

    make this secure site... SSHFTP *thanks Harry* certfication obtained from cacert.org *thanks Pheonix*

    Cheers...
     

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