VPN link with bridge

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I need a low-ish (<£500) cost solution to the following situation:-

We are about to move facility to a new place about 4 miles down the road. We will have 2Mb leased line access in both buildings for about a month before the actual move. During this period, I want to be able to move a few people and resources to the new place. To do this, I want to set up a VPN.

The VPN needs to bridge the two sites (i.e. same subnet) so that I can move one of my DCs over there. The only open connection in the new faclility wil be via the VPN (my ISA server will live at the old site until the final move). I already have a Cisco switch upon which I can configure VLANs, so I will not be providing an ISA server for the new site as a temporary measure. This will give me a two port VLAN (Incoming from ISP router, outgoing to VPN device), and a 14 port switch which will accept incoming data from the VPN and output it to the network. The VPN device will obviously need to function as a firewall as well.

I do not have line of site, even considering a relay or two, so wireless is not an option.
Question by:Madrilleno
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    Expert Comment

    Use one of your Windows 2003 server to act as IPSec VPN gateway.

    Just enable RRAS on it as connect two NIC cards, one with public IP and other with private IP address.


    Author Comment

    I am really looking for a hardware solution. I have plans reuse the devices later
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    Expert Comment

    then you should go for cisco easy vpn solution.

    here is the link for it:

    Or may be you can buy two cisco routers with VPN support.

    They can be used in future as well.

    We used cisco 1710 for connecting two of our sites using vpn.

    Author Comment

    Unfortunately, these are outside my budget.
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    Accepted Solution

    then use ready to use linux firewalls.

    like ipcop , monowall or smoothwall.

    These are easy to install and can be setup using web interface.


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