Setting Up a VPN
Posted on 2006-06-15
I need to setup a VPN. I was looking at the Linksys RV082 since tom's hardware guide gave it good reviews but was going to downgrade to the RV042 since it looks like it supports more tunnels than I could use in the immediate future and is a bit cheaper. I have read mixed reviews on the RV042 though.
Basically I have a warehouse with a central infrastructure. The satellite stores around town need to be able to talk to a server I have at the warehouse. I want to accomplish this by going over VPN. One thing I like about the Linksys is that it provides dual WAN. This is good since I have 5 static dynamic business DSL IPs at each building. I will have to call AT&T but do the business dsl lines usually share the bandwidth between all IPs or does each IP get its own bandwidth?
Now, the question is, how do I want the satellite stores to connect to the internet, do I want to have them do everything over the VPN, or do I just want a pass through tunnel for them to talk to the central server and have them do everything else over the IPs at their location.
If I were to do everything over the VPN then I think it would be easier to get a hardware (firewall or router)/client. Do these exist? So the actual hardware box will act as a client to the RV042 VPN server and then NAT IPs to all the computers behind it.
Or, would it be better to get a "vpn router" that will allow vpn passthrough and use the built in PPTP client that XP Pro has? This way there won't be a bottleneck on the warehouse, which has a 1.5Mbps download and 512kbps upload.