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Topic # 112769 19-Dec-2012 19:38 Send private message

Hi there guys.

I picked up a cheap old Core 2 Duo unit second hand for $20 minus the HDD, and RAM.

My plan for it is to set it up, with 1gb of memory, and an 80gb hdd, and my plan for it at the moment, as I want to set it up as a VPN server, so that when I'm out of Auckland, or away from home I can log into my home network from wherever in the country I am, and use my devices on the network, for example my Dreambox DM500, so I can watch TV remotely without having to invest over $100 for a slingbox, and other stuff.

What Software, do you recommend.

I have an old copy of Server 2003, laying around, and I have tried that however I haven't used the VPN configuration there, is years, so I would need a refresher on how to do it so I thought I'd look at other alternatives for now.

I was thinking, that having a Linux/Unix based Operating system, or VPN software, would be perfect in this situation, providing it's not too complicated to set up. I'm not interested in, setting wireless on on the project I'm doing, as I have a wireless modem for that.

I'm just keen on setting up a VPN Sever, to I can log onto my network remotely.

If only DD-WRT could work on that computer, it would be more or less perfect. Only problem is, is that it's a fairly nice desktop, I think it would be a waste, but I would consider it if it was my only reasonable option.

Has anybody got any suggestions?

Thanks

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  Reply # 735137 19-Dec-2012 19:43 Send private message

What upload bandwith do you have? You'd be lucky to be able to stream a raw DVB-S stream over ADSL, but should be OK with VDSL.

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  Reply # 735138 19-Dec-2012 19:51 Send private message

I have a simple Ubuntu server running opensshd.

I can log in from anywhere. The beauty of it is that all traffic to and from my home network is encrypted via ssh. And its easy setting up port forwarding too.



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  Reply # 735139 19-Dec-2012 19:52 Send private message

Upload speed is 928kbps.

If I might have a hard time, steaming that because of the slow upload, I could always reduce the quality by streaming it through VLC or something.

It's not only for my Dreambox, but the dreambox is at the moment is probably my biggest motivation.

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  Reply # 735141 19-Dec-2012 19:56 Send private message

What devices do you need to be able to connect from?  Phones?  PCs?  Macs?  Do you have admin privileges on the PCs you will be connecting from?  Different types of VPN's will suit different situations...



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  Reply # 735142 19-Dec-2012 20:06 Send private message

@dannyres, Only PCs, as I find smartphones screens too small to do regular things.

@Braaiguy, I will certainly look into your option. What Ubuntu ver do you use for that, as I find the new Ubuntu interface confusing to use, although I could manage It will probably take me longer with a newer version.

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  Reply # 735143 19-Dec-2012 20:09 Send private message

https://www.amahi.org/ works pretty well for me and they take care of dynamic dns, etc for easy access. I am running it as my dhcp server as well, not sure if that's essential but it works well there too. Setup is a real breeze.

It just runs OpenVPN and installation\setup is done via a oneclick app they have through the web interface:

http://wiki.amahi.org/index.php/OpenVPN

That gets me access to all my files stored on the Amahi server which is all I really need. To do what you want though I think you might need to look at bridging though, not too sure:

http://wiki.amahi.org/index.php/VPN_Bridging


(Amahi is really a lazy solution - barely any jiggery pokery on linux required if you don't want to.  Of course if you do it's all just running on ubuntu so you still can ;-) Amahi is really a WHS replacement so you also get things like drive pooling (through greyhole) and so on)

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  Reply # 735145 19-Dec-2012 20:11 Send private message

Windows has a built in VPN client that handles PPTP and L2TP/IPSec VPN.  Client versions of windows come with a PPTP VPN server built in but this protocol is known to be insecure these days.  Setting up a L2TP/IPSec VPN in Windows Server is a bit of a pain but is doable.  Otherwise if you don't mind installing a VPN client on your machine then OpenVPN is a good way to go (Linux distros can run OpenVPN servers easily).



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  Reply # 735243 20-Dec-2012 07:41 Send private message

Thanks guys for the replies.

I have since decided to Install Win XP, since it's a fairly decent computer still.

I'll still be using this as a VPN server, however I'll need Windows software.

Going to read through the list, to see what Windows software people have suggested.

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  Reply # 735256 20-Dec-2012 08:15 Send private message

PaulZA:
@Braaiguy, I will certainly look into your option. What Ubuntu ver do you use for that, as I find the new Ubuntu interface confusing to use, although I could manage It will probably take me longer with a newer version.


Enable SSH (Secure Shell) in Ubuntu 12.04

Got to agree on the new GUI interface. Except I have disabled it completely and only use it to log in from remotely with ssh. Im running it without a monitor.

PaulZA:
I have since decided to Install Win XP, since it's a fairly decent computer still.

I'll still be using this as a VPN server, however I'll need Windows software.

Going to read through the list, to see what Windows software people have suggested.


Your other option is to install cygwin on windows XP. Then install opensshd and your Windows PC will function just like a linux PC.



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  Reply # 737561 27-Dec-2012 08:47 Send private message

Have you considered pfsense? Great for a router, and setting up an openvpn shared key vpn is very easy.

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  Reply # 737565 27-Dec-2012 08:55 Send private message

I'd recommend PFsense with either OpenVPN or IPSEC VPN. PPTP is a terrible VPN system and while its easy to setup, it is very easily hackable and is blocked in some places.





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