I want to setup VPN in my home so I can access my network from outside using either a browser or another thin client

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I want to setup a network such that.

DSL --> Modem
Cable --> Modem

Both come into load balanced home router which has VPN capabilities.

Router --> Vonage DLink VOIP router
Router --> Lingo VOIP modem
Router --> Other IP devices
Router --> existing Linksys wireless router
Router -- PC (running FTP and webserver) that can be accessed from outside the firewall.

Need an expert who can recommend me the specific router and help me all along the way if I come across problems. I am not sure how easy it is to put the Vonage router behind another router and still have good phone service quality.
Question by:rohit022900
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    First off, could I get some clarification on what you mean when you refer to "VPN capabilities"?  Most routers have IPsec pass though capability which is entirely different than a VPN appliance that will accept incoming VPN requests.  So you may or may not already have what you need.

    Second, how would you like to access the VPN?  Do you want it to be strictly SSL based so you only have to use a common browser to access your VPN or would you be OK with a client based VPN where you would have to have a client installed on the connecting PC?

    You might want to take a look at IPcop (  which is an opensource Linux distribution.  When installed on proper hardware this acts as a firewall/router that has add-ons (Zernia) that support "road warrior" VPN connections.  Best part about this solution is that it's free, and turns an otherwise useless piece of hardware (IE - that old PII machine sitting in the corner) into something useful - a VPN appliance.  

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    Some additional clarifications for the interested:
    I intend to use the RV082 by linksys as the main router. (any recommendations would be great)
    I want to use the WRT54G router as an wireless access point since I have it already. (how do I connect it to  the main router)
    The VPN capability should be such that I can use a client software from a remote machine to get into my network along with 5 other folks who would need to access the network.
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    I think the RV082 would be a reasonable choice for what you are trying to accomplish.  If you wanted to go one level up the ladder I would look at something like a SonicWall TZ170.  They provide redundant / failover / load balanced capability with VPN and even wireless options.  As for the VoIP services - I would just make sure you have your QOS setup properly so that traffic going to and from the VoIP units get top priority.  I know the TZ170 provides this functionality - I would have to look harder into the RV082.

    As for your wireless - you could use the existing WRT54G that you have, but it depends on how secure you want your WLAN to be and who you need to have accessing it.  For instance, if you need to have company computers hooked up to it then you could lock it down fairly well for that purpose.  However, if you want to also have "public" access to the internet, in a lobby or conference room for instance, then there are much better solutions available.

    Setting up your web/ftp servers is just a matter of opening up the appropriate ports on the firewall.  Keep in mind, though, that you run into DNS issues with redundant services when you are hosting a web / ftp site.  Your VPN would also be affected.  These can be handled but require some special attention.

    I would normally recommend IPCOP as your main router but the only thing it doesn't do very well is the redundancy part.  I'm currently researching a better option than IPcop for this type of situation but haven't found one yet.  

    Let me know if I answered your question or if you were looking for some other details.

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