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VPN using Netgear DG834G

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Hi,

This is my first question so please excuse any missing info.
I am would like to setup up a VPN between head office and a satellite office used with a single laptop but multiple staff.

They would like to access the shared drives at head office and their email via exchange. I have tried to explain the Small Business Server Connection to them but unfortunately they have self admitted they only just understand how to send email and keep forgetting to connect and even when they do they somehow get it wrong etc.

Now the manager has asked for a permanent connection as it’s costing to much to send me to the satellite office every week to simply find out they have done something wrong.  I am called in when things need doing I am not a full time staff member.

The organisation is a charity who may be moving soon and the fate of this satellite office has not been confirmed yet, so it must be a cheap solution.

They have a Netgear DG834G at the moment at head office, which appears to have VPN built in, could I simply get another one of these and setup a VPN that way?
Another little issue is that they share their satellite office which another organisation that provides the Internet. Can this Netgear DG834G simply be plugged into the current router there and get them connected using that, or would this cause some issues for the other organisation.
Alternatively is there another solution I have missed.

Head office are running Windows Small Business Server 2003 and the satellite laptop is running Windows 7.

Sorry for the long question :)

Tim
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by:MikeKane
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Usually, you could just buy a 2nd unit and setup a site to site tunnel.   However, with the additional hurdle of the remote office being behind another router, this might be a no-go.  

These routers only do IPSEC tunnels from site to site.  
Here's the reference: ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/DG834Gv5_UM_11Mar10.pdf   Look at page 6-18 for the section you want.  

Since the proposed unit would sit behind another router, that router must have a config that would allow the appropriate ports and protocol into the proposed netgear for a site to site to function.    

You should confirm with the site admin that this would be do-able before even considering a solution like this.  


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by:AtlantisHD
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Hi Thanks for the info, I have looked through those pages and didn’t realise how old the router was.
Could you recommend a router that would work with it, alternatively a pair of routers or router (head office) + access point (satellite office).
You can probably tell this is my first hardware VPN, and I just want to make it as simple as possible for  me and inexspensive for them :)

Thanks,

Tim
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The model of router doesn't really matter as much in this case as the need to ensure that the upstream router (the one that is not under your control) will support a downstream VPN.    Without that support, you really can't get this done since almost all Site to Site VPNs will have some requirements.      You need to find out how willing those admins would be when it comes to helping you here.


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by:AtlantisHD
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Thats all I needed to know that I can use any as long as it supports downstream, and of course if the admins at the other office will be helpful.

Many Thanks for your time on this.

Tim
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