[svlug] Best VPN hardware for small office...

Scott Boyd svlug at futures.com
Sun Jul 20 12:20:52 PDT 2008

Another option if you are using a Linux server would be Untangle:



Scott Boyd wrote:
> OpenVPN is the best solution. Better than any of the variously 
> proprietary hardware  solutions I've worked with.
> You just need use Linux as the firewall/VPN router at the edge of the 
> network you are protecting. An old P3 will do the trick for most 
> office internet connections, but if you want a solid-state solution 
> look at reflashing  an inexpensive Linksys router  like the WRT54GL to 
> use OpenVPN by using Tomato or OpenWRT.  (Tomato seems easier for most 
> people, but adding OpenVPN to it is a bit harder.)
> This will cost a lot less than $300 and there are no client license 
> fees.  There are some setup and management time costs, but those are 
> true of any VPN where you have to manage the access of individual 
> client systems.
> See the OpenVPN "How to" for more info:
> http://openvpn.net/index.php/documentation/howto.html
> S.
> Drew Bertola wrote:
>> Sargun Dhillon wrote:
>>> The best solution for I would say is OpenVPN. It works on all 
>>> platforms. It complies with export restrictions. Based on the levels 
>>> of encryption you could get a variety of levels of throughput. It is 
>>> free, open source, etc.. It doesn't have the insurance of a big 
>>> business. Of course you can find a consultant in the Bay Area which 
>>> can support this product ;-P.
>> Thanks, Sargun,
>> I was looking for a SOHO hardware solution - something that goes 
>> beyond pptp out of the box, since that is still a bit clumsy under 
>> Linux.
>> I don't trust Linksys to deliver a good product.  In my experience, 
>> they don't do very well with things like TCP window scaling.
>> Anyone have experience with Netgear's SOHO VPN solutions?  Any others 
>> come recommended?

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