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Need help picking equipment for VPN

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by dping28, May 11, 2007.

  1. dping28

    dping28 Network Guru Member

    I have 5 offices I may want to be hooking up with VPN connections, one central and other 4 to it.. Not sure of the internet connection they will have just yet so I dont want one thats a combo of modem/router.. but was wondering what devices would be best for this setup? Thanks!

  2. slam5

    slam5 LI Guru Member

    well, you need to know whether you want wireless on ea. site. how much security you need(ssl, ipsec). software base(as in quickvpn) or router level(as in secure channel from router to router)? imo, you really need to talk to an consultant to get it properly designed and implemented. it will save you a lot of headache and time. it will cost you more but it will be well worth it. you can save a bit of money by diy but it isn't worth the harssle as long as the consultant is reasonable and absolutely insist that he documented all the passphrase and settings, you should be ok.
  3. dping28

    dping28 Network Guru Member

    I dont have the money to hire someone to do it, so will be diy.. Wireless wont be needed, If its needed later I can always add a WAP. I would prefer the VPN to be on the router lvl so I dont have to configure the VPN on a PC.

    Basicly the plan is to have a server at one office with a workstation, and workstations at the other offices to connect to the server. Maybe eventually when the $ is there have local servers at each office and have them update/sync to the main, in case connection is lost they have a some what recent copy. Not too familar with the differnt encryptions but long as its high but not too high that it affects the transfer rates from each office.
  4. vpnuser

    vpnuser LI Guru Member

    I can think of two wired VPN routers that fit your need.
    RV042 costs about $160, which has dual WANs and offers very good VPN performance. RVS4000 costs about $120, which supports five G2G tunnels and IPS. Both of them support QuickVPN for remote access.
  5. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    If you want a frank opinion unless you feel like having to deal with goofy little issues and want a true set it and forget it setup, then stay away from anything soho. You can go with cisco, checkpoint, netscreen or any other enterprise vendor that is well established in the vpn market. You know come to think of it i actually have a netgear prosafe vpn router that has been very reliable and stable. But i also have cisco, netscreen and checkpoint that are all awesome. The cisco and netscreen have been up for over a year with no issue. I dont have much experience with the RV series but have read enough about them to know they too have certain issues.

    Though there are a couple folks here that do alot of vpn's with the RV series so hopefully they will chime in on there thoughts.
  6. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    I've found the RV082/RV016 units do well with "router to router VPN tunnels"

    They also do well with the part time remote PPTP VPN client, which I always setup so I can access clients networks.

    So for clients of mine with those needs...they do quite well...I have several dozen out in the field.

    I'm not pleased with the QuickVPN clients, I'm not going to use those for my clients anymore. So if you have remote client needs above 5x remote users....I don't recommend this.
  7. dping28

    dping28 Network Guru Member

    Thank you all for the feedback I will check out the ones you mentioned..

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