Best VPN Solution for My Network
Posted on 2011-10-29
Hello All -
I'm trying to find the best method to set up a VPN for my network. Below are all the details...
Currently, I have a static IP with a domain name assigned to it. My unsecured cable modem goes directly into a DLink DIR-855 wireleess router which serves as my primary router and firewall. The only configurations I have in the firewall are about 15 open ports for services like RDP, VNC, Slingbox, FTP, Plex Media, etc...
I also have a machines which acts as my server which stays on 24/7 and runs Windows 7 x64. In addition, I'm setting up an additional Windows 2008 R2 box now which I plan to configure Hyper-V on which will stay on 24/7 as well. With this, I could set up a VPN with whatever guest for this solution if need be.
I'd like to have a VPN as the native passwords for RDP, FTP, and other services aren't the best in security. The only catch is that if possible I'd like to have other ports/services like the Slingbox and Plex to not require VPN authentication since I access them from various other devices.
Here's what I've considered so far -
- I've already tried Windows 7 built in VPN host, but couldn't connect to it from any non-Windows devices such as my iPad, iPhone, or Linux boxes.
- Swapping out the DLink router /firewall with one flashed with DDWRT - isn't there a VPN option on DDWRT?
- I've got an old PIX that I could use - probably 5-6 years old but don't have the model number here right now
Anyways - given the above, what suggestions do you have? Thanks!