VPN access for Mac clients to Lan, via DSL, using Cyberguard SG300
Posted on 2006-03-27
I have a client with both PC's and Macs needing remote access
via VPN to their home office while traveling and at home.
I read up on the Cyberguard SG300 appliance tonight on the web,
and it sounds like a possibility for our client assuming it will support Macs running OSx 10.4.x operating systems. I'm sure it supports the XP pro clients using PPTP, so that's not at issue here.
These client Macs and Pc's will need to access the local lan via VPN
and launch files from shared on an OSx server.
The client's office is using a business class DSL circuit over PPoE,
(which the SG300 does have support for)
PC's and Macswill also need access to Filemaker Pro 8 databases over IP via
the VPN connection
Please note that the VPN appliance for this setup has to support PPPoE
for auth on the DSL.
Because the clients are all over the USA, I really want to use a VPN client
native to the OS, instead of something proprietary, to avoid installation/setup
My questions are very specifically:
1. Does the Cyberguard SG300 appliance support Macs running OSx 10.4.5 using the *built in* PPTP or L2TP VPN client for seamless VPN access to internal LAN services over IP?
I called the Cyberguard techs today, and they gave me a vague answer.
Said it might depend on whether client Macs at remote locations are all using
NAT. Well, in today's world that's about 99% likely given that any hotspot or
router is handing out private addresses.
2. Would you use PPTP or L2TP for the Macs for this type of access?
3. Last, but not Least!!!
**If you have another VPN/Firewall appliance that you've used for this exact
setup, please make a recommendation?**