To connect to a all the files on corporate network, including a large database application, and work from home, I have the following on the notebook.
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.
4. Watchguard VPN program.
1. Watchguard VPN and firewall.
2. T1 going out to internet (and me)
3. Windows 2000 (not 2003)
It is too slow. See my previous question for some answers to this question, such as using terminal services or remote pc. The corporate sysadmin says no to TLS/SSL based authentication because we don't have Windows 2003, and anyway the method protects servers, but not the network.
It has been suggested by the corporate sysadmin that if I had a Watchguard device at home, thus moving the VPN logic and encryption onto a dedicated hardware device, I might speed things up.
What say you to that?