make sure that you're that you're not mis-interpreting VPN support with VPN services. Most of the $20-$100 routers will allow IPSEC (the good stuff) and PPTP to pass through the device. But, the only way I know of to get any of these to act as a VPN client or server is to upgrade to opensource firmware. For example, the WRT54GL will act as PPTP client or server and can act as an openvpn client when you use DD-WRT. See for info on how to do this.

But, keep in mind that this configuration voids the warranty and any support. Also, the device has 200mhz processor with 8MB RAM and 4MB flash. So, it's no powerhouse. You might look into linux boxes (to do an SSH VPN, IPSEC with FreeSwan, or OpenVPN for an SSL-based VPN), a Cisco PIX, or a SonicWall. I warn you that VPN is not an easy thing. PPTP is fairly simple (and it works with win98 clients with no 3rd party software). But, it's also proven to be insecure.

VPN appliances are not cheap (probably >$500-$1000 for one that can handle any sort of load). But, you might be able to use a soekris board with a linux firmware that supports some VPN technology. Those are still cute and tiny (with plenty of horsepower), but cheaper.

Luck to ya,
Brian Whigham
Yonder Networks

Bo Hamilton wrote:

Hello list,
Im looking at setting up some VPN's and I have looked at many routers that claim ease of use. Linksys, NetGear, D-Link and so on. I was wondering if someone could tell me what is the easiest router for setup. Also, does one have to have a VPN server( i.e Windows or Linux) or does the router take place of this for remote connections. The senario I have is one central office with 2 satalite offices that connect to central. The central office having the main VPN router. I want to have the two seperate locations seen in the network neighborhood. Would this be a router to router VPN? If so what are the easiest one's to configure. Im new to the VPN world so go easy on me. :) Thanks in advance, Bo Hamilton

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