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Point to Point VPN or VPN

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What is the difference between point-to-point VPN and "client" VPN.
I thought they were one and the same.  

How many flavors are there of VPN?
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For starters:

point-to-point is also referred to as site-to-site and comes in 2 flavors

intranet - used for connecting branch offices together so they have access to all the network resources

extranet - used for connecting companies together so they can share while not being able to access the others intranet (internal network)

Client VPN or remote access VPN is for use by mobile users that may be connecting from anywhere like hotels.

PtoP or StoS usually require dedicated lines and hardware at both ends.

Client requires software installed on the laptop or other device to connect to the network.

This is very high level explanation but should help.
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Point to Point or Site to Site VPN doesn't really require dedicated lines as long as both sites have internet access.  

Typically they are connected by creating IPSec VPN tunnels and typically done by using firewall devices.  

Point to Point or Site to Site VPN is "always" connected versus client VPN is "on demand" which user connects to VPN as needed basis.
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Thank you Infamus for pointing out my mis-statement.  I meant to say they are often set up on dedicated however you are correct that it is not required.
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@pony10us

Not a problem and we are all here to help and I'm open to anyone correcting me if I'm wrong.

Have a great weekend!!!
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