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Date:      Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:47:45 -0800
From:      Bill Campbell <freebsd@celestial.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Looking for pointer to VPN / IPSEC info
Message-ID:  <20090113054745.GA14636@ayn.mi.celestial.com>
In-Reply-To: <gkgv2d$hlp$1@ger.gmane.org>
References:  <gkgv2d$hlp$1@ger.gmane.org>

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On Mon, Jan 12, 2009, Joe Kraft wrote:
>I have a personal network behind a FreeBSD firewall running IPFW.  It's been
>working fine for years, but as I'm getting more mobile in my work I'd like
>to be able to access my network while traveling.
>
>At work the problem is solved with an IPSEC VPN client that I run to connect
>to the appropriate server.  As I looked through my normal traveling gear my
>laptop (Windows XP Pro) and handheld (iPaq 211) both seem to have IPSEC
>clients built in.
>
>Can someone point me to a VPN for dummies documentation so I can set up my
>firewall to also provide me an access point for me to connect to my home
>network while I'm travelling?

We usually use OpenVPN rather than IPSec as it's generally easier
to set up, works from roaming systems behind NAT firewalls, and
there are easy-to-use clients for Windows, OS X, Linux, and
various other flavors of Unix.  OpenVPN uses user-space SSL, and
does not require any kernel support.

Bill
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