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Low cost VPN with Smoothwall

Security expert James Turnbull says you don't need to purchase another client to get the low-cost benefit of Smoothwall.

How can I VPN into Smoothwall, an open source firewall distribution, at the least possible expense? Can I simply use Windows XP VPN capability or do I need a software client?

The least expensive and easiest method to VPN into Smoothwall is to use the Windows XP VPN client. There is no need to purchase a separate VPN client. You can see instructions on setting up a Windows XP VPN client

If you're looking for information on how to calculate the cost of VPN links, this tip will help you determine whether you need to upgrade or downgrade your VPN and keep VPN costs under control.

 

This was first published in March 2006

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