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I have a cable modem and I would like to know if VPN perfermance offred by (i.e.) CISCO PIX or D-LINK NET DEFEND is better thant the intgrated Widnows 2000 VPN (GRE)?

If I go with a CISCO Solution, would it be far better?
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I have never used the D-LINK NET DEFEND so I can't speak for it but of the remaining two I would suggest you go with the Cisco solution whether it is a PIX, ASA or VPN Concentrator. You could always use RADIUS authentication to use Domain credentials rather then accounts local to the device you are using. Though if this is just for you to access your home PC then the Windows VPN would be just fine.
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As a rule, a hardware solution is a little faster as it "off-loads" the service to a dedicated device, designed specifically for handling the encryption and un-encryption. As simsjrg suggested, the Cisco's would be your better choice as far as hardware goes. There is also slightly better security with a hardware device, as it doesn't require opening/forwarding any ports, and will probably use IPSec as it's protocol rather than PPTP, IPSec being the more secure.
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If you decide to go to a hardware device, check out Sonic Wall at www.sonicwall.com  I agree with sim and Rob, the seperate hardware does a better job of handling the load...
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