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Setting up VPN with Draytek Router & Macbook Pro

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Dear all,

I want to set up a VPN between my Macbook Pro and my Draytek Router, I have currently set up PPTP with just username and password. but willing to use IPsec or LT2P or any other configuration on the router.

What is the best way and most secure to set up a VPN between the two?

Regards

Lyon J Till
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The most secure way is to configure IPSEC, but pptp has less overheads and IME performs better while still keping data encrypted.

The best way to set up the VPN though is to have a draytek at either end and configure an always on Lan to Lan profile, that way you dont need to connect or disconnect from the Macbook.
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That does sound good!

I have presently set up PPTP & L2TP if needed but i am having a problem connecting could it be the firewall this end blocking my connection? Is there a way around this i do to gain access to my network?

Regards

Lyon
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No the firewall wont block an incoming VPN connection. What errors are you getting when you ty to connect?
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Basically im using the college LAN trying to access the home network via VPN and when i search for open ports only HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet and SSH are open so i dont believe that the VPN connection can contact the home network.

I use my iPhone to connect to the home VPN and that is successful.

It just always fails when trying to connect either VIA L2TP & PPTP

PPTP comes up with the error - the server did not respond. Please verify the server address and try again.

But i know i can contact the remote network because i can ping it. Only thing is im using a dynamic address back home soo it keeps change but at the moment the address isnt changing.

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L2TP comes up with the error - the connection has failed. Please verify your settings and try again.


Regards

Lyon
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OK, well its very possible that the colledge network is only allowing outgoing http and ping requests so your not in the best place to try it out. If the only thing you want to achieve is connect to your mac at home then download and use www.logmein.com on the mac. Its free and works like a charm.
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Okay i have taken a look at that and it looks a good idea but personally i would like to keep to the VPN

I heard there is a way to setup a web based VPN is this correct? can it been done can i use Port 80 for the VPN while im at college and then when im at other locations use PPTP or L2TP?

Regards

Lyon
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There are web based VPNS out there that are free as well but they wont involve configuring your router, you need software installed on each pc you want to use it on so probably no good on your college PC's.
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Okay! Soo basically its not possibly to setup a VPN from my macbook to the home network? from college as they have blocked all the ports!

Have you got any good guides on setting up Cisco Pix as well as i now have a cisco pix which needs setting up?

Regards

Lyon
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The Pix's arent really for beginners mate, but they do have a built in web management interface which will make it easier for you but its still fairly advanced. The built in firewall in the draytek is more than enough to secure your network and has excennelnt features for th eprice. Id stick with that.
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Thank you for your advice!,

But i got it free so thought i would practice with it now since i have finished my CCNA and planning to go on to do Cisco Firewall course.

I dont believe the draytek does have a firewall though, it mentions nothing of a firewall though.

Regards

Lyon
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Good advice!.
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All draytek routers have firewalls mate..
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Sorry i have infact just found it! My mistake!

Regards

Lyon
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