VPN Incoming Connections, How Many?

Posted on 2004-10-04
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I want to set up a VPN network. I have a DSL connection in my office. I have 3-4 locations that I want to connect to the VPN network which have a standard 56K dialup connection to the internet (actually 1 of these locations has broadband).

So what would be the best way to go about doing this.

The office machine has WinXP Pro and all others have Home Ed.
I heard you can setup VPN on WinXP Pro to accept incoming VPN connections. But how many simultaneous connections can you have (Is there a limit)? If WinXP Pro can accept more than one incoming connections how can I set this up using a broadband connection.

If the above is not possible. How else I can set VPN up. I think it would be possible with windows Server, but I want to keep cost down, and also the people using the office PC can't be trusted with windows server installed on that PC. But I don't mind investing in additional hardware if needs be.

Question by:auk_ie
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

LeeTutor earned 400 total points
ID: 12223235
Here is some reading on setting up VPN connections in XP both from the server point of view and the client point of view:
Installation of the Windows XP-VPN Server
Installation of the Windows XP-VPN Client
How To Set up VPN Connections in Windows XP
LVL 59

Expert Comment

ID: 12223243
I have not done anything with VPN connections, so I am not sure whether you can have multiple incoming connections.  (Perhaps the reading above will answer that.)  But there is an overall limit for inbound connections for XP Pro of 10, as described in this MSKB article:;en-us;Q314882
Inbound Connections Limit in Windows XP
LVL 40

Assisted Solution

Fatal_Exception earned 100 total points
ID: 12223257
Without a doubt, the proper way to set this up would be to install a W2K/3 Server and configure the VPN there.  But if you wish to do this with XP acting as the VPN server, you can...

VPN-incoming connection on XP (VPN-server)

As I have never setup an XP box as a VPN server, I do not at this time know the number of concurrent sessions it allows...  Perhaps there is a registry hack that we can use for this.. If I find one, I will post back.

Creating Instructional Tutorials  

For Any Use & On Any Platform

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees/users adopt software o& achieve even the most complex tasks instantly. Boost knowledge retention, software adoption & employee engagement with easy solution.

LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 12223266
hmmm  That is what I get for trying to find the darn connection limit..!!  Guess you beat me on this one, Lee..!!  :)  
LVL 59

Expert Comment

ID: 12449306
Thanks, auk_ie.  Glad to be of help.
LVL 40

Expert Comment

ID: 12449469

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Backup Window XP mode 6 178
window s 8 to 10 err 9 124
symbolic link problem 6 113
Windows startup/shutdown date/time log 7 166
Disclosure: Use this tutorial only when no other options helps to get Windows XP running without any problems and you don't want to format the drive. The back up of the data is the responsible of the user, however there is a description of how t…
If you build your web application in Visual Studio you'll get at least a few binaries, or .DLL, files in your bin folder. However, there is more compiling to be done. Normally this would happen when an ASP.NET resource within the web site is request…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Exchange organizations may use the Journaling Agent of the Transport Service to archive messages going through Exchange. However, if the Transport Service is integrated with some email content management application (such as an antispam), the admini…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question