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Need a Cheap VPN Solution

Hi, folks:

I need a very cheap VPN solution for a small business. The company has about 20 employees, and about 5 or 6 of them will need remote access through VPN.

Another requirement is that it be an application-based VPN, such as an SSL. You know, you open a web browser, enter an IP address and gain access to a secure (https) web page, where one would enter their log-on credentials.

They dont want a network-based VPN solution, which would require a VPN client to be running on the remote computer.

What they have now is a typical small business set up: a Linksys wireless router uplinked to a cable modem which is connected to the ISP.

Any ideas?

Thanks very much ahead of time...

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Re: Need a Cheap VPN Solution

Hi, Edison:

Long time...

I am familiar with GoToMyPC. Its OK, but not quite wat I am looking for.

I am looking for the equivalent of a network-based VPN solution - in terms of functionality -- but SSL-based so that a clien tis not necessary.

So, with network VPN, a client establishes a session with a concentrator, which terminates the VPN, then the client is authenticated, and then assigned a local IP address from the LAN pool.

I want all that functionality, but in the form of SSL. So, what I em envisioning is opening a browser, entering an IP address of the SSL appliances that will terminate the connection, then get authenticated and assigned an address. Hopefully, I can get the SSL appliance to do local authnetication and local DHCP services, because the company does not own separate aaa or AD servers, nor do they have a DHCP server.

So, does this sort of SSL solution exist?

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Re: Need a Cheap VPN Solution

SSL VPN does exist but it is very expensive. You can do SSL VPN with Cisco products

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns340/ns394/ns171/ns347/networking_solutions_sub_solution_home.html

And there is also OpenSSL in Linux http://www.openssl.org/

Regards

Edison.

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Re: Need a Cheap VPN Solution

Wow, you werent kidding. An ASA 5500?? no way! lol..

I really thought there would be a cheaper Linksys, plug and play-type solution to SSL VPN...

OK, last question: How about the same requirements as above regarding functionality and low cost, but in a network VPN solution?

Thanks! Appreciate your help.

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Re: Need a Cheap VPN Solution

ISR routers support SSL VPN as well.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/iosswrel/ps6537/ps6586/ps6657/product_data_sheet0900aecd80405e25.html

There is a licensing cost associated with it.

You can also deploy Network VPN with regular ISR routers at a much lower cost.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/tech/tk583/tk372/technologies_configuration_example09186a00800946b7.shtml

Regards

Edison.

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Re: Need a Cheap VPN Solution

Edison, isnt there something cheaper? Something like a plug and play soltuion? Something along the lines of a linksys, right out of the box solution? had to believe something like that doesnt exist..

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