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

Bill Ward bill at wards.net
Tue Jul 22 16:43:38 PDT 2008


On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 2:11 PM, Drew Bertola <drew at drewb.com> wrote:
> 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.
>
> Unfortunately, this wastes a lot of energy.  I really don't need a 300
> watt solution, I need a 60W solution.

So run it on an existing server that's in the appropriate part of your
network.  Maybe go virtual if you want it to appear to be a standalone
box.




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