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Hi,

I have a couple of questions all rolled into 1 (not sure if that's kosha (if that's how you spell that) - anyway please feel free to redirect me in the way I should go if needs be).

I am managing a domain with a netgear FVL328 VPN router - my questions are 3 fold:

1. Is a VPN tunnel followed by a Terminal Service conection more secure than opening port 3389 and Terminal Servicing directly?
2. Does a VPN router have to have another VPN router at ther other end to authenticate with one another?
3. I tried setting up VPN with the firmware which originally came with the software but got ended up locking out Port 3389 both times (the client is 3 Hours drive away so I am working via terminal services currently) - I recently updated the firmware to the latest version which seems to have a VPN wizard - does amyone know if this is more reliable (bear I  mind that I am not completely sure what I am doing i.e. what is VPN anyway)?
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Hi stewart_fischer,
1. Yes it will be more secure as you have to authenticate with VPN first and all the traffic is encrypted.
2. The other end cab be either a VPN router or a VPN client such as the one built into 2000/XP.
3. VPNs can be complicated to setup. The wizards are great and make it much easier but if does not work you have little information available to diagnose the problem.
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Thats fine - apologies for not responding.
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