sharkaccident wrote:I am no IT professional, just an average home user. So if T2K (or anyone else who quoted my last post) would like to post some examples of programs that do what this can do, as easy as it can do it, and be free I would love to see it and more importantly try it out.
I actually recently had to ditch hamachi. The current custom built firewall I had at home was giving me some issues after a couple years so I looked around for some prebuilt firewall OSs again. Went with pfsense and it's actually so secure ("too secure" if you look on hamachi forums) that it can't work with hamachi without a lot of hassle, and only for windows clients. As I mainly run shares of linux servers.. this wasn't an option.
One thing pfsense offered that did intrigue me was OpenVPN, PPTP, and a couple other secure remote access methods. Setup was a little more envolved than hamachi's install and run, but OpenVPN acts just like an actual vpn. At work I'm a network admin and maintain site-to-site vpns between three locations as well as remote client connections (all using cisco, which is no where close to free). Once configured, OpenVPN can act just like it, and even has site-to-site vpn support and I guess it can even tie into cisco's vpn service with a lot of tweaking. I've started to look over what has to be done in the cisco pix's to allow the openvpn clients to connect (which are available for most os's I'm sure even sparc
Ohh, and the big advantage to OpenVPN over hamachi. connected clients have full access to all your LAN devices as if connected locally, including any readynas devices, without the need to installing a client on every single internal machine. So I have my home firewall with an OpenVPN server running. My laptop has the OpenVPN client. I click connect, and I can now access anything on my network at home using it's normal ip address. I've migrated pretty much all the services that i used hamachi for to use openvpn instead. Configuration isn't too hard (keep in mind you will want to look for setups for "road warriors" as it's commonly mentioned in OpenVPN docs. And you don't have to use it pfsense for openvpn or even run it on the firewall. Just send the incoming port to some other machine that you can setup for OpenVPN.
Since aparently I don't make the criteria for posting URLs inline. Here are the links (replace _ with a . or just search for those names):
pfsense - www_pfsense_com
openvpn - openvpn_net