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I would like to access my office-network from remote via VPN.

My router is a Zyxel Prestige 600, and from what I have been able to google, does not support VPN in itself.

What would be a cheap and easy way to set up VPN?

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So, did dd-wrt work out for you? –  tomjedrz Jun 8 '10 at 23:39
I changed location shortly after, where I did not control the router - so I had to drop the idea. –  Kjensen Jun 11 '10 at 12:45

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You could re-flash your router firmware with a version of dd-wrt that contains openvpn

Configuration can be a bit tricky, but once it's done, it's done - and there are some pretty good howtos out there on doing this.

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I've done this successfully on several Linksys-WRT54GL and it's working great. I even use this solution to provide possibility to work remote for a small company (<10 employees). –  Anders Hansson May 25 '09 at 18:17
OpenVPN is great. If you can embed it in a cheap router it's perfect. Forget about over-over-over-priced cisco. –  Piotr Dobrogost May 25 '09 at 19:15
+1 very good point, saves on needing to setup a seperate VPN server –  Sam May 25 '09 at 22:35

If your router does not support VPN, then you will need a VPN server running inside your network and port forwarding on your router. The most common servers include the VPN server built into Windows (RRAS) or OpenVPN.

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OR - if you can flash the firmware with something like dd-wrt or openwrt, you may be able to add VPN support to the router. –  Brent May 25 '09 at 20:57

I just picked up a Cisco PIX 501 router on eBay for $95 and plan to use it for VPN purposes. From what I've heard online and from my friends that deal with Cisco stuff, it's a pretty solid solution for my VPN needs.

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My two would be either just properly SSL-protecting all the services you need, which, if it's just mail and web, can be really easy, or another vote for OpenVPN.

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I recommend the Astaro Security Gateway.

It has an easily implemented SSL VPN (OpenVPN), and the added bonus much stronger security! It can be purchased as a hardware appliance (< $1000) or as software (< $500) and installed on generic hardware. I believe the software is available free for non-commercial use.

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I'm pretty happy with Linksys RVL (RVL-200 ) and RV (RV-082 or RVL-042) series.Pretty good, not expensive, works like a charm. I connect to my client's Asterisk servers regularly with no problems.

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