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I am a networking/VPN novice.

The Netgear FVM318 wireless firewall/VPN router can handle 70 IPSec tunnels, but only one pass-through connection.  I'm not sure what this means.

I want to set up a simple VPN via our office DSL line for <10 users, most of whom are road warriors.  They would be accessing some kind of file server (probably the Linksys EFG120 NAS). These remote users will of course have only dynamic IP's and would need client VPN software like SafeRemote or Netgear's own ProSafe client.

My question:  Does the "one pass-through connection" limit apply to these remote dynamic IP address road warriors, or am I confused here by terminology?  I was hoping that multiple simultaneous dynamic IP remote connections would be possible, and the 70 tunnel capability useful.

(BTW, our office DSL line paperwork shows we have a range of 5 static IP addresses, but our current wireless router uses a login name and password, which also confuses me, but might be helpful to you.)

Thanks.
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No, as long as you have them authenticating to the router and not to a vpn server behind the router you should be fine.
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Thanks, ewtaylor.

So, to clarify, I beleive these statement to be correct:

The FVM318 is an all-in-one wireless/router/Firewall/VPN that will be on a DSL static IP address with our network behind it.   Two or more remote users with dynamic IP's will be able to simultaneously dial up with software VPN clients and connect to the FVM318 and access a file server behind the FVM318 on  our network.

"Pass through" applies only if a different router is in front of the VPN server.

Please verify or correct me, and the points are yours.

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Almost correct... though most people would put the vpn server behind the router/firewall not in front.  So you are correct though as long as you use a client (or even the builtin vpn connectiod) and authenticate to the router you will not have any trouble with 2 or more remote users. I believe I saw that it can support up to 18 simultaneous connections.
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Actually, it supports 70 external IPSec VPN tunnels and 32 internal wireless IPSec VPN tunnels.  Sounds nifty for <$150.

Thanks much for your input.
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And 32 wireless vpn connections on the lan side, I am looking at the next size up NAS the 250 let me know how the 125 goes.
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