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Our small condo has a shared T-1 line. It was practically free because we put the administrative phone lines on the T-1 line using Voice over IP. The nice thing is we get to use the bandwidth for internet when the phone lines are not in use.  A Cisco IAD2400 serves as the router and dhcp server. The router connects to a series of baystack managed switches. The access so far has been great, but recently someone started experimenting with a AT&T VPN client to connect to their office with little success.

So far, we have tried setting up a static IP inside the router and opening up ports specified by the employers IT dept.

We do have the option to add public IP addresses to the router.

I am trying to think ahead to the day when several users are attempting to use VPN at the same time.

Question: What would be the best way to allow multiple users to access different VPN servers from inside our community LAN?
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by:lrmoore
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There are so many variations on VPN's that it is difficult to come up with a single solution. Many times NAT will break it, and different setups require different ports, and trying to do one-one NAT for everyone may not be the easiest solution. If you have enough pulic IP addresses, the simplest solution would be to simply use public addresses.
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I can get the IP addresses, but I was hoping to use a second VPN router/gateway to pass the vpn off to each user as needed. IP addresses are getting more difficult to get as we have to fill out ARIN justification form and then wait at least three days to get a block of IPs. If someone visiting needs to VPN we could run short. On the other hand we could get more than we need and just sit on them. Seems like a waste of cyberspace.
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Without doing one-one NAT, or assigning public addresses without using nat, it would be very difficult to support all the different types of VPN. MS PPTP absolutely won't work behind nat, some VPN client that use AH headers won't work behind nat.

If you use a nat pool with enough addresses that makes it more statistically probable that a user will get a dynamic one-one nat, then most VPN's should work. Are you using an external firewall, or doing everything right on the 2400?
Assuming that you have an inbound acl, can you post the acl?
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if you can place a linux box behind your 2400, you may install FreeS/WAN on it which acts as VPN gateway.
It requires only one IP, and can handle multiple different VPN connections to your LAN using IPSec.
Is this what you need? or do you need VPN to your M$-servers in the LAN?
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G'day, 1stinlastout
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