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 Post subject: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:26 pm 
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Hi Scott,
I'm curious if a VPN router like this http://www.frys.com/product/6197269
is very secure. This would be for a small 4 computer network. Thanks for any info or comments!


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:47 pm 
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The VPN capability of that router looks nice on paper, but I can't vouch for it as I haven't tested it myself. I'd want to see comments or reviews from those who have been using it. But even if the VPN works, that router is quite old and unfortunately lacks a gigabit WAN port, gigabit LAN ports, and wireless. Without a gigabit WAN port (and the higher performance internal router circuitry that goes with it) you'll likely be limited to less than 30Mbps maximum download speed. For example after I upgraded from Comcast Ultra (22/5) to Comcast Extreme 50 (50/10) and the fastest I could get was about 27Mbps down, that is until I upgraded both my router and cable modem to those supporting gigabit. Now I routinely get over 60Mbps down. Of course if you don't ever plan on using an internet connection faster than about 30Mbps, then I suppose a gigabit WAN port won't matter. <g>

But if you are doing any file sharing on your LAN, then gigabit connections should be considered mandatory these days. Without gigabit LAN ports on the router you'll need to install a gigabit switch and connect all of your PCs to that instead. Finally, I can't imagine not having wireless these days, so without wireless you'll need to add a separate wireless router or access point for that as well.

Since I don't know of a VPN router with all of those features (yet), you might consider setting it up as a 2nd router in a dual-router configuration, with the other router being one that does have those features. Or as an alternative to the VPN router I recommend using the free Hamachi VPN instead, which is centrally managed and very easy to install, set up and configure.

Let me know what you end up choosing, and why. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:15 pm 
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Hi Scott,
I did some searching around and decided to try Hamachi Logmein for Free https://secure.logmein.com/US/welcome/d ... tarted.pdf . I bought this wireless router http://www.trendnet.com/langen/products ... BRP&cat=41 and now I can log in to my desktop from my laptop from anywhere! So far everything is working ok. I also downloaded Hidemyip http://www.hide-my-ip.com/ for extra security on my laptop. Thanks for the Logmein recommendation! This is my first network setup.


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:23 pm 
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I also downloaded Hidemyip...

You might want to try a free anonymization service instead. If you do, let me know how it works out. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:32 pm 
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Hi Scott,
Thanks for the quick response. I went ahead and downloaded http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/index_en.html that you recommended. One question I have is when I check my ip address http://www.formyip.com/ here for instance, its not disguised. I've checked here http://www.ipchicken.com/ and here http://www.ipf1.com/ and they all show my public ip address. What am I doing wrong? Thanks again for any help!


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:35 pm 
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I don't support 3rd party programs, but I can tell you that it works when properly installed and configured. My guess is that you have the JonDonym anonymous proxy (JAP) installed but you have not properly configured your browser and/or other software to use it. To simplify this (and for maximum anonymization) it is recommended that you use the JonDoFox profile with your existing Firefox installation, or download and run the JonDoFox portable application when you want true anonymous browsing. If you still have problems, then I recommend you post any questions on the JonDonym forums. Let me know how it works out, Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: VPN Routers
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:00 pm 
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Mcirish, May I ask what/who you are hiding from?


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