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SBS 2003 VPN setup best practices

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I have just purchased a Dell server (SC440) running SBS 2003 standard and am trying to setup a VPN connection between the server and my laptop that I use connected to the network while at the office and want remote access via VPN while at home or otherwise out of the office.  I had tried unsuccesfully to set up the VPN with the server behind a Linksys WRT54g router and now understand with research that there is a particular problem with that router passing GRE protocol 47.  I am looking at options to setup what I need, namely replacing the router or putting it behind a firewall/router device.  I was suggested to purchase a Netgear ProSafe VPN Firewall 8 (FVS318v3), but am wondering do I need a VPN router or merely a router which will pass VPN through to the server as the VPN server.  Also, if it is suggested to implement the VPN Firewall router because of security, do I also need to purchase the VPN Client software from ProSafe to setup the VPN connection to my laptop (running Windows XP Tablet Edition)?  I am new to networking know-how, so if additional information is needed to answer my question, I can provide it as needed (and as known:))  Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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You do not need a VPN router/firewall.  One that can be configured to pass PPTP and GRE traffic (often called PPTP Passthrough) will be sufficient as long as the server is configured to be the VPN endpoint.  It appears that you are correct about the WRT54G, though - that one may not work at all.
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Thanks for the reply.  While not required, is a VPN router a suggested solution i.e, increased security, stability, etc.
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