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    Ok so I am on either the SEGfL or KCN (which ever it is called now) for out internet connection but the vpn solution they use is a pile of rubbish (to use polite words) We are, or should be getting, Ranger Outpost for students and Teaching staff to use.

    But for me I would like a great solution that allows me to have full network access from home. Anyone got any methods, I have a spare base unit that I can setup *nix on but which version should i use if i need this for free. I have one server I could use to run it out over. Since there is direct access to port 8080 on it for web services. But would be nice to run it seperatly.

    I would like it to recognise as i dial in network connection but i use wireless and BB at home.

    Can anyone think of a nice solution even if it lets me use my network as if im on an old XP home machine asking for passwords.

    What software would you use or reccomend, the Free'er the better

    Gaz

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    What about the community version of SSL-Explorer? can give you access to files, intranets and allows you to remote desktop into work as well?

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    I use HamachiX on my Mac to do this. Might be worth a look. I think you can get a Windows/Linux version too.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    SSL Explorer is better. No 3rd parties and is completely under your control.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    Seconded - great bit of free kit

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    Blocked by our LEA.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    @Plexer have they blocked all SSH tunnelling. You said you couldn't use SSL Explorer at work either. At least your LEA is ahead of the game.

    @Mark & SpuffMonkey although LogMeIn allows remote desktop access it's not really VPN. You have control of a specific computer. So you would have to have install on each server you want to connect to. You also wont be able to use any client applications (e.g. school mail & MIS) locally..

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    Does your LEA not provide any VPN or remote access capability already? We have PPTP VPN on request here in Lancs.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    Wombat: I use RDP connections to all my servers and vnc to all clients from the host PC. MIS isn't local no, tho' ActiveX speed is pretty good and better than any vpn solutions i've tried.

    Citrix / terminal services provides the best experience for that but then it's trickery that makes it smooth to use. [/sour grapes ]

    I have reverse proxy direct access into my email box so can admin it too.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    BKGarry: www.openvpn.net Has client and server for win, mac and *nix.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by ITWombat
    @Plexer have they blocked all SSH tunnelling. You said you couldn't use SSL Explorer at work either. At least your LEA is ahead of the game.

    @Mark & SpuffMonkey although LogMeIn allows remote desktop access it's not really VPN. You have control of a specific computer. So you would have to have install on each server you want to connect to. You also wont be able to use any client applications (e.g. school mail & MIS) locally..
    True - it isn't VPN - but direct control of your PC in the office is pretty good - then you can RDP to any servers, do your email etc anyway. Well - it works for me.

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    OpenVPN or SSL explorer really secure though you may notice a speed lag on very high encryption. OpenVPN will get through NAT as well.
    UltraVNC http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/ with its various flavours (repeater, SC, etc) and encryption is worth a look.

    GT

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    Re: FREE vpn Solutions

    You can get an SSL encryption offloading card if things are too slow for you.

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