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need a cheap VPN Solutions

I am looking for a cheap VPN Solution. I have a customer who has dsl at two buildings. I want to create a 24/7 VPN tunnel between the two. What solutions are ou there. I thought I could put a box at both ends is there such a thing (that is cost effective?)
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lrmooreCommented:
Sure. Linksys RV042 or Linksys WRV54G if you want wireless, too
There are many options all under $200 each

Linksys BEFVP41 probably under $100 each end

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Keith AlabasterCommented:
Netgear also make suitable products that have built-in, wizard-driven VPN solutions for adsl connections. They are easily managed and will do the job fine. likely that you will want to upgrade the firmware as your first step though as they are upgraded quite regularly with either improved functionality/performance/bug fixes etc.

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jabiiiCommented:
Juniper's NetScreen has a DSL box.
https://www.juniper.net/products/integrated/

My choice would be the 5 Series NetScreen. They where rated #1 by independant review (cisco very close second)

For which one to pick... refernce this.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Broadband/VPN/Q_21704713.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Firewalls/Q_21811815.html
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tkthelpdeskAuthor Commented:
As much of a fan as i am of the Juniper (my buddy is a reseller.) i don't think $500 is in their budget for this.
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jabiiiCommented:
Well going any cheaper than that, and your going to loose performance and possibly security or stability. The 5 series, gives you a Firewall, VPN, ADSL hookup, anti-virus and deep inspection, web filtering etc. Kind of hard to be for the money.

But if that's to much like Keith said Netgear makes some cheap products.

Also you can google for some cheaper NS's.

IS there already network equipment at both sites? You might be able to utilize what is alrady there.

Good luck!
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IPKON_NetworksCommented:
netgear also require VPN licenses for each end of the tunnel so beware of the added costs $50 each.
ZyXel Prestige are good routers with VPN. I doubt you would notice any loss of performance on a 8MB ADSL link between them for example.

Hope this helps
Barny
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
Not seen that yet (the license I mean). Which models does that affect?
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
You have to have a win2k server (or 2003) for the Microsoft vpn solution to work.  Here is a step by step:

vpn_solution.asp" target="_blank" onclick="return openNew(this.href);">http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/whitepapers/configur_vpn_solution.asp

I am not sure about the Linksys, but netgear prosafe vpn devices allow both point-to-point and point-to-client configurations.  This means that you only have to purchase a hardware device for the site that your users will be connecting to.  The users will then install a software package that allows them to connect to the device.   You probably do not want permanent point-to-point vpns for individual users, that is better for office to office connectivity.

http://www.netgear.com/products/routers/firewallvpn.asp?view=sb

Hardware vpn/router/firewall devices provide more security than the software vpn solutions unless you have a dedicated vpn server or you are running a good firewall software (ISA server) on your server.  The more layers you have between your valuable data and the outside world, the better your security will be.

In terms of complexity, they are both about the same.  I think the hardware more reliable and less difficult to troubleshoot, but I am sure there will be lots of people who disagree.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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IPKON_NetworksCommented:
Keith,

The netgear Prosafe VPN devices require VPN Client software which is about £30 retail in UK or $50 retail in US. I have tried using a variety of freeware VPN clients on the Prosafe and they all have serious connectivity problems. Netgears own VPN even has issues with XP SP2 !!! Not for the weak minded I would say.

Barny
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
Got you, thanks for the update. Can't say I have ever had trouble with Netgear VPN but again, I have never heard of prosafe so I assume i am using something different.
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