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best small VPN - 3 users at the same time

Hi All,

I need remote access to my network server for 3-5 users. The problem is that they may all be on the remote access at the same time. What would be the best way to do this.
I have Server2008r2. My router and network skills are good. I usually remote access people using
Teamviewer PC to PC. The problem is the staff is using laptops and docking stations. They take the laptops home to connect back to the office. Any ideas?
Thanks, Randy
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have seen D-Link work but I prefer (and my clients use) Cisco RVxx series hardware VPN routers (economical) or Juniper Netscreen (more users and more expensive). Both of these facilitate built-in IPsec which is very good for security and split tunneling.
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Matt RudgleyCommented:
For that number of users I'd usually recommend something like a Draytek Vigor 2830. Nice and Easy to configure and the IPSEC VPN's pretty solid.
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RandyTechAuthor Commented:
Can you have multiple remote users accessing server at the same time without PC's being in the office to host the connections?
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Matt RudgleyCommented:
RandyTech - Yes the VPN allows you to connect directly from the machine establishing the VPN (eg the one at home).
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can you have multiple remote users accessing server at the same time without PC's being in the office to host the connections?  <-- True of the brands I suggested as well as the one above.

With hardware VPN, you don't even need a Server to host VPN.
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RandyTechAuthor Commented:
Are you saying that the VPN router logs them in and you then point the mapped drive to Data on the server?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You connect to a VPN router and then you map drives as you normally do.
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RandyTechAuthor Commented:
so the router authenticates the user and gives access to the mapped drive.
And multiple users can login to the router at the same time.
Is the Cisco (old name Linksys) router easy to setup?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VPN can have a dozen or more settings that all have to be correct. If you have never done it before, you normally need consulting help to get it going.

gives access to the mapped drive. <-- The server does this.

multiple users can login to the router at the same time  <-- Yes, but you need to check the brand you use.
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RandyTechAuthor Commented:
so you would recommend the Cisco RVxx series
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There a lots of good VPN boxes.

I use Cisco RV042G in my home office with static site-site tunnels to clients. I use Cisco RV082 at clients in specific uses. I use Netscreen for larger clients.  I like both and there are others.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@RandyTech - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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