How to setup a Super Fast VPN for Remote Users


I am looking for suggestions on how to gain a super fast vpn tunnel for remote users. We already have a Sonicwall TZ170 with VPN licenses, Server 2003 with RRAS licenses, and two T1's from Verizon/MCI. I have four users constantly having comments about uploading data to the network while connected to either of the VPN host. My thinking is to have each remote user get a fractional T1 or DSL through Verizon/MCI then have Verizon create a virtual tunnel from user's end point to our router. Does this sound right? Is there anything else I should be looking at from a cost savings perspective?

These fours users I speak of have DSL or Cable. I know DSL has upload speed of up 256k and Cable is up to 384k. I can understand that if these users uploading data which is 5-15 megs can be slow and that's why I hear comments about it. Any help will be appreciated.
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EricIT ManagerCommented:
get some sonic wall remote office devices.  Assuming your hub is a vpn endpoint that can handel multiple ipsec vpn's.. go that route.  managed vpns like you speak of are expensive.  Its pretty easy. I use watchguard and its easy.  Sonicwall is there competator so i assume its similar.

stay away from software vpns as much as possible. hardware vpns work great.. logon scripts run with ease.. etc..

my next suggestion would be something like the watchguard SSL vpn endpoint. or netilla ssl appliance.  both create tunnels with ssl technology.
EricIT ManagerCommented:
reason being you WILL have problems with ipsec. some hotels etc.. dont allow ipsec passthrough.  wehre SSL is standard web traffic.
this is if you require alot of mobile usrs. if its mostly remove offices go with hardware vpn.  do it yourself.
llib21Author Commented:
The problem is not the VPN connection but the speed of the VPN connection which is dependent on the remote users internet link.
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EricIT ManagerCommented:
its always going to be dependent on the slowest link.  
 if its alot of files maybe you should consider sharepoint.  or useing terminal services?  
I have about 10 remote offices some as slow as 144K IDSL.  works ok.  I even backup there local files.

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The first thing is to use compression as much as possible, but afaik the SonicWALL VPN clients already handles that. It also depends on the type of files, of course.

Around here, Netherlands, there are DSL connections with decent upstream all over the place (as in, 1024 kbps) for a very reasonable price (80 euros). I don't know Verizon, but I bet that's nowhere near their T1 rates.

Otherwise: Upstream Is Expensive.

Upstream costs your ISP a lot more than downstream traffic. Furthermore, uploading data is associated with commercial use and inherently made more expensive (if I ran an ISP, I would).
EricIT ManagerCommented:
verizon fios..  15M down 2Mup for like 49/ mo

I was right, that's nowhere near ;-)

Your VPN client/hardware will handle it. Go get one :)
EricIT ManagerCommented:
well thats fios.  they still rolling that out.  Some people can only get DSL still :(

look at covad for faster service - SDSL 768k in both directions.  i've heard the sonic walls are slower than the fortinets which have a hardware level scanning.


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