How to set up a VPN
Posted on 2006-11-09
I am sure that this question has been answered somewhere but there are so many results for a search on VPN that I am going to ask again. Hope this is ok. I am a complete newbie when it comes to VPN and anything networking pretty much does my head in so please bare with me!
I have two locations. The main office where all the files are held on a fairly powerful Desktop computer running Windows XP Pro and a second location with a computer also running Windows XP pro who will want to access the files on the main office computer. The office is connected to the internet via a Draytek 2600VG router. I don't have a fixed IP address. Broadband in my area is only 2meg I think.
1. Is a VPN a possible solution under the above senario?
2. Is a VPN a practical solution for the above?
3. If yes what are the steps on each computer that I need to take to make the VPN work.
I have heard quite a bit about how VPN's are a bit unreliable or complex is this true? What are the draw backs? Are there alternatives?