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I currently have a small office with 4 computers running XP home. I also have a cable modem for shared internet access. I installed a Netgear FVS318 VPN router that I am using to connect all my computers together. At my home I have a laptop with VPN Client software installed. I can connect to my office and map network drives from my home to my office computers. Everything works fine. Very soon I plan on expanding by opening another office. I am going to upgrade all my office PC's to XP professional. I am also going to install another Netgear VPN router at my other office and make a permanent connection from router to router so my offices can be on the same network. Here is my question. When I am connected to my main office from home using the VPN client I can tell a document to print and have it come out on the office printer. If my two offices are connected together and I am connected to my main office using the VPN client will I be able to print to the office connected to the main office since they are connected via router to router. Please only answer if you are an experienced network engineer and have setup VPN routers.
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Quick answer is yes, as long as your VPN router is setup to allow clients to access the subnets in the other office. I am not familiar with that actual router, but technically speaking it is not an issue. The onlty thing that would break this scenario is firewall/access list on the VPN switch at your main office, which won't allow clients to connect to any VPN-connected networks. FYI, I did this many times at a previous employer, as a backup strategy. If the primary WAN was down, remote users could connect to a VPN switch at HQ, which had VPN connections to all other offices- they could access a remote network via that method.
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