[VPN] Recommendations

Travis Watson travis at traviswatson.com
Sat Apr 10 13:58:54 EDT 2004


Paul,

You've already received some good recommendations and I don't mean to poor it 
on, but you may want to look at m0n0wall as well for the smaller 
site--particularly if management is cheap (http://m0n0.ch/wall/).  It's 
pretty cool stuff and the price is right.

Having said that, I usually lean toward Netscreen.  They are very reasonable 
in price, solid, and easy to manage.  The only caustion I would give you is 
that the 5-series has the 10 user and "unlimited" option for VPN.  Ten nodes 
through a tunnel can happen pretty quickly and the unlimited option just 
about doubles the price.  The 10 user limitation is for VPN only, however, 
not general connectivity.

Good luck.

--Travis

On Thursday 08 April 2004 08:39 pm, Paul R. Yaskowski wrote:
> I'm looking to setup a site-to-site VPN the replace a leased line used
> solely for AS/400 access. I have a couple questions as to what I should
> get.
>
> The main office consists of about 25 users with static SDSL. The remote
> office is about 5 users with dynamic ADSL.
>
> I've looked at the PIX-501, but I've always been a little scared of
> per-user licensing. If I purchased a 10-user PIX-501, and set it behind the
> SDSL at the main office, it would only allow 10 users to get Internet
> access?
>
> No matter what product I choose, would a site-to-site VPN work with a
> static address on one side and a dynamic on the other?
>
> Would any PIX handle PPPoE with a dynamically assigned IP?
>
> The company is cost-conscious, and I've looked at the PIX-506E, without the
> per-user licensing, but it is 50% more.
>
> Any comments or suggestions as to which products I should look at would be
> a great boon to me. I prefer Cisco products, because I am familiar with
> their interface, but am flexible.
>
> I would appreciate any help with this, I had Cisco certs back in the
> hey-day, but I worked with them so rarely that I let the certs expire.
>
> Paul
>
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