Difference Between Hardware based VPN and Internet VPN

Posted on 2012-09-18
Last Modified: 2012-09-18
I have been using Strong VPN 'Open VPN Deluxe' off and on. I want to known how different it is from a hardware VPN Router. There are Dlink and Linksys VPN routers in the market. and also different types of VPN. I opted for Open VPN Deluxe because it offers better security then  PPTT
Question by:SALEM586
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    The encryption is offloaded to hardware to complete the encryption, rather than software. The encryption type is the same.

    But if you are handling many VPN Endpoints (clients connected), hardware encryption is faster.

    Security is the same, depending upon encryption types available.

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    A little bit more eludication hancocka please. For a home user which is cheaper and more viable Internet based VPN like StrongVPN or VPN Router based?
    Even StrongVPN can be configured on specific routers.
     But there are VPN routers available what type of VPN would they be offering?
    Windows Seven and other Windows before it have option for VPN . I do not use this option while availing StrongVPN when would that window option be used?
    Is that correct StrongVPN is usually internet based between the home user and the Strong VPN websites in different countries offering different country IP Addresses so that the home user can mask its true IP address and also at times surf the internet more easily as some governments impose restrictions on the internet like China.
    Whereas VPN routers usually offer a VPN tunnel between two or more office branches not neccessarily internet.
    Suppose I do not want to use StrongVPN can I configure a VPN router through Windows Seven Ultimate or Windows 2008 Server R2  to surf the internet through VPN and perhaps get different IP Addresses?
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    VPN Routers, provide you with an End-Point to VPN into, and you do not need to have a PC powered on - so you save electricity.

    But if you want to connect to your PC or LAN, your PC would be on which you could VPN into with software.

    Encryption is the same, hence why most VPN solutions are software based, because PC's have alot of CPU power to encrypt the data with not much overhead.

    VPN routers, over PP2P, LTP, AES, 3DES encryption.

    VPNs can be used to anonymously surf the internet, if you wish.

    Author Comment

    Perhaps the last caveats: Do you mean to say VPN Routers can be used to anonymously surf the internet with specific software not neccessarily from such places like StrongVPN, Show My Ass etc etc.
     What are these software?
    And when would the Windows VPN option be used
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Any VPN solution can be used to surf the net.

    Windows VPN if you want to do it for free! without the cost of hardware.

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