John Von Essen on 25 Jan 2006 17:21:10 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] VPN Options and Suggestions

To be perfectly honest... Your are going to spend a TON of time trying to
get all this to work for all of those platforms.

My advice, depending on your user load, buy a commercial VPN device. If
you dont have alot of users, a PIX 501 can be used with Cisco's VPN
client software - whick I believe is supported for OS X, Linux,
Solaris, and Win32. The Cisco VPN client is much more user friendly too.

A PIX 501 with 10 VPN users will run you $400. More users, a little more
money - maybe a PIX 515. Even though people think of the PIX as a
firewall, its a very robust VPN device. Alot of times you can use the PIX
instead of Cisco's VPN Concentrator - which is more expensive - and only
good if you have a large user base.


On Wed, 25 Jan 2006, Andrew Libby wrote:

> Good Afternoon Folks,
> I'm in the process of setting up a VPN, or at least trying to determine
> the best option.
> We'd like the server to be an FC4 machine, unless there's a compelling
> reason to use
> something else.  The clients will be Linux, MAC OSX and Win XP (home and
> professional).
> The goal is to support some work from home situations.
> I've peeked at three packages, OpenVPN, FreeSWAN, and OpenSWAN.  It's
> not obvious to me which is well supported.  FreeSWAN seems to be undergoing
> some development after a period of inactivity.  OpenSWAN seems new and
> composed
> of FreeSWAN defectors.
> Any thoughts or suggestions?
> Thanks.
> Andy
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