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Tomato VPN vs. using just VPN sw on each computer..

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by philtrim, May 30, 2009.

  1. philtrim

    philtrim Addicted to LI Member

    I hope I make sense here. I would consider myself a noob, especially in Linux, although have been in IT for over 20+ years.

    My question is this:
    Why would someone use the Tomato VPN mod on 2 routers, as opposed to using VPN software itself on the actual computers on each end of the tunnel?.
    Was just curious...I may be missing the concept here.

    Great Forum!

    Dual Booting Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop / Vista on Dell Laptop 1525
    Linksys WRT54GL - Tomato 1.25.1720
  2. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    The idea is to allow access between any of the computers on one end of the VPN tunnel to any of the computers on the other, rather than just one computer at a time. It also keeps you from having to install/configure VPN software everywhere on the computers.
  3. philtrim

    philtrim Addicted to LI Member


    That makes perfect sense.

    Is it pretty straightforward to configure? (of course I know you first must have the VPM mod) on
    each router.

    I am sure there are great references on the VPN config on this forum,

    Thanks for your reply.
  4. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    You have to generate the certificates, and to do that you need to have OpenVPN installed on a computer and follow the instructions here. Aside from that, I recommend UDP, TLS, and TUN. There shouldn't be much configuring beyond that.
  5. Maggard

    Maggard LI Guru Member

    Aside from "computers" bridging is useful to trivially enable discovery & use of now-local devices like Tivos, iTunes servers, etc.

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