VPN over DSL for Video streaming. Is it possible?

Got a customer that wants to use DSL at two different places to get two offices connected to the internet. Then, they want to be able to use a VPN for one to connect to the other, and then stream video from one office to the other. I don't have high hopes of it working. Does anyone have any insight into this?
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DrDamnitAsked:
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Rob WilliamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Performance will likely be very poor. When doing steaming media from the Internet it is done at you download speed. The VPN is actually uploading from your other site, so it will be at your upload speed, not the download speed. There is also a slight performance hit by the encryption/un-encryption process of the VPN.
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DrDamnitAuthor Commented:
That's what I am thinking. What kind of an upload speed would they have to have to do this do you think? T1 or higher?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Afraid graphics, media and such are not my specialty, afraid I don't know the minimum specs. I sure there will be others along who will be well aware of requirements. Curious myself.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
A little surfing indicated at a couple of sites that 500kbps is recommended. You would need a little more to allow for encryption, but that is achievable with a DSL/Cable connection. They also point out two other factors; can the media server support it, and of course multiple users reduce the overall bandwidth. Don't accept this information as gospel, but was curious as mentioned ,so I did a little reading. Lets see what others say.
--Rob
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trickz_2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm not familiar with DSL speeds but as a t-1 is only 1.4 meg I had always assumed DSL up and down was much faster. I would check with your ISP to see what business plans are available and i would guess that you could get at least a couple of meg both ways for less than $100. When I did away with my T-1's about a year ago they were costing about $1100 a month. I would also add that we had carved out 384k for streaming video, teleconferencing, and it worked pretty good. If you could get anything above a meg on the upload i would think that it would work ok but stay away from the T-1. In my opinion they are not worth the cost at all with the availability of broadband.
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DrDamnitAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the users on either end will not be power users, and won't understand why they can't browse to videos over the VPN and play them all in different offices at different times. I have the feeling they'll eat the bandwidth and crash the connection.

Thanks everyone!
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks DrDamnit. Good luck with it.
Cheers !
--Rob
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