How to speed up VPN connection
Posted on 2007-08-06
To connect and work from home on a corporate database that sits on a microsoft network I have:
1. Toshiba notebook: Pentium III chip, 996 Mhz, 768mb Ram
2. SMC Networks EZ Networking EZ Card 10/100 ("allows notebook user to connect to Ethernet or Fast Ethernet networks at 10 Mbps or 100Mbps. Full-duplex support doubles the data rate to 200 Mbps... 16-bit PCI bus...)
3. Cable internet with 8mbps down and 768kbps up.
Do you need to know about routers, firewalls, etc?
The corporate site has Watchguard VPN.
It is too slow to work. By the time the screen is refreshed or the report comes back I forget what I wanted to d next. When I am in the office and directly connected as a node on the network the speed is great.
Can you tell me where the clog is? Does one of the above pieces stand out as the slower-downer? If not, can you describe some tests I can perform to illuminate things?
I can get any other technical info you need to figure this out, so please ask for any info you need to help me with this. I am looking for a very specific answer that I can implement soon. Changing things on the Watchguard/network side is the last resort, and reducing privacy is unacceptable.