VPN Help for a novice

Hi

I'm new to this VPN stuff so please bear with me.

I have just installed a Netgear DG632 ADSL router on our W2k Server Network. I have plugged it into a switch on our network and my ISP has given me a static IP address.

The router came with a factory IP address of 192.168.X.X. First question i have is do i have to change this to an IP range that fits in with my current network, eg 10.27.xxx.xxx?

When i configure a laptop to connect to the VPN do i use the Static IP given to me by the ISP or the IP i give it on our Network?
When the user tries to connect to the VPN do they do this via a dial up connection?
If i am with another ISP at home & have an ADSL connection, can i use this to connect to the VPN? I have XP Home edition.

I have read a good few of the threads in this area but can't seem to find one that is simailar to what i am trying to do. Basically what i want to do is give some managers access to our network whilst they are on the road via there laptop & a VPN connection.

Thanks in advance.



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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"do i have to change this to an IP range that fits in with my current network, eg 10.27.xxx.xxx?"
Yes, on the LAN configuration page.

>>"When i configure a laptop to connect to the VPN do i use the Static IP given to me by the ISP or the IP i give it on our Network?"
Static IP provided by ISP.

>>"When the user tries to connect to the VPN do they do this via a dial up connection?"
This depends on how you configure your VPN. You can use dial up connections but likely you want to use the Internet.

>>"If i am with another ISP at home & have an ADSL connection, can i use this to connect to the VPN? I have XP Home edition."
That is fine. You may have to enable "PPTP pass-though" on the home router and or modem depending on the equipment you have installed there.

>>"can't seem to find one that is similar to what i am trying to do"
The Netgear you purchased has VPN pass-through capability but it is not a VPN router, so I assume you want to set up a VPN connection using the built in VPN server in W2K server and the XP VPN client for the remote site. Following 3 sites will help considerably:
Win2K VPN server configuration:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/w2k/w2k_vpn/w2k_vpn.htm
WinXP VPN client configuration:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_vpn.htm
Netgear port forwarding configuration.
You have to enable PPTP pass-through on the router and forward port 1723 to the server for your VPN the on-line manual wasn't available but perhaps the following will help:
http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/N101145.asp#FR114PAnchor




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cuadminAuthor Commented:
Excellent. Thanks very much for your help.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
You are welcome cuadmin, thank you.
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