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    In the new job the office IT is .... 'confused', and despite not being any sort of sys-admin, I (apparantly) have more knowledge than anyone else here (which is such a scary thought I really do not want to delve into it any further) : suffice to say, I know THAT the IT systems are screwed up, but I'm totally in the dark about HOW to go about fixing them.

    I DO know that the VPN setup is utterly confused so I'm looking to get it setup so that each dev-laptop can VPN into the office NETWORK and thus have the same IP etc as when it is in the office. (I'm pretty sure this is possible - it's how it was setup at a previous office I worked in (I believe)).

    So - without wishing to abuse anyone's hard-learned knowledge - can anyone recommend a 'do it all' modem/router/firewall that is relatively easy to setup and install?

    Beers for answers, obvs.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    Sonicwalls are pretty simple.

    I've just put a Barracuda F380 in, it was a fuck ton more complicated than my last Sonicwall.

    There's a good chance that whatever is currently doing the job of your firewall will have the functionality?

    If you have the ability to do NAT/Port forwarding on whatever you have now you could even use RAS built in to Windows Server.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    Buy a Checkpoint 730, it'll do what you want (and a hell of a lot more), isn't too expensive (about 500) and is piss easy to set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Sonicwalls are pretty simple.

    I've just put a Barracuda F380 in, it was a fuck ton more complicated than my last Sonicwall.
    No to Barracuda, yes to Sonicwall research - cheers.

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    There's a good chance that whatever is currently doing the job of your firewall will have the functionality?
    It's a Netgear - the firmware manager (according to netgear's online FAQs etc) should have a VPN server management page - but I'll be buggered with a brexiteer's sense of outrage before I can find it.

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    If you have the ability to do NAT/Port forwarding on whatever you have now you could even use RAS built in to Windows Server.
    In english?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Buy a Checkpoint 730, it'll do what you want (and a hell of a lot more), isn't too expensive (about 500) and is piss easy to set up.

    Is there anything in the sub-ton range?

    (Budget is seriously tight - we're supposed to be a charidee mate! )

    This thing?
    http://www.checkfirewalls.com/730.asp

    I can't quite make out if it's got a built in modem or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    Is there anything in the sub-ton range?

    (Budget is seriously tight - we're supposed to be a charidee mate! )
    That's worth buying, probably not, but have a look at Draytek Vigors.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    We're currently upgrading our firewalls at work, cost 160K, I've got 8 days to do it in.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    Sub ton?

    You are going to struggle to find anything that will do a proper job.

    Do you have a Synology NAS already, they'll do VPN?

    For FREE... if you have a static WAN IP you can do some port forwarding on your Netgear to point something like L2TP to an internal Windows server box and configure the Remote Access role.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Sub ton?

    You are going to struggle to find anything that will do a proper job.
    I'm beginning to understand that, my line-manager might take longer.

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Do you have a Synology NAS already, they'll do VPN?
    Not in the office. (that I'm aware of).
    We do have a 'server' running a shedload of vms which are mostly apache2 webservers, each running the dev version of our websites/apis. Currently we connect to these vms on an individual basis via client-client VPN using keys (through, apparantly, a vpn service sitting on a Digital Ocean instance). It's messy.


    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    For FREE... if you have a static WAN IP you can do some port forwarding on your Netgear to point something like L2TP to an internal Windows server box and configure the Remote Access role.
    Interesting - but I'd far prefer a simple 'pnp' solution as much as possible.


    Thanks for the replies so far everyone!

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    What's your existing firewall - I'm feeling charitable and if I can find some documentation I'll see if I can work out what you want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    What's your existing firewall - I'm feeling charitable and if I can find some documentation I'll see if I can work out what you want to do.

    errr, yes. (or rather.... no. )



    Weirdly enough - the current router/modem doesn't even appear to be able to see the internet... (either that or the firmware update link has got a screwy error message associated with not being able to find netgear's api)
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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    That's worth buying, probably not, but have a look at Draytek Vigors.
    +1 for the Vigors being a good consumer/business crossover. However you're looking at more like 300 than 100.

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    Default Re: Can any Office IT types recommend a small business modem/router with VPN capabili

    I always used Vigors as VPN end points connecting back to a proper UTM/Firewall.

    I've never tried them as VPN servers, but yeah, the last 2830 (??) I bought was nearer 200 than 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    +1 for the Vigors being a good consumer/business crossover. However you're looking at more like 300 than 100.
    I've been told today that this might actually be a possibilty (ie, it's possibly within budget).

    Will take a closer look.

    Ideally I'm looking for an 'all-in-one' box, as much as is possible: Firewall/modem/router/vpn/wifi/(DHCP?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    I've been told today that this might actually be a possibilty (ie, it's possibly within budget).

    Will take a closer look.

    Ideally I'm looking for an 'all-in-one' box, as much as is possible: Firewall/modem/router/vpn/wifi/(DHCP?)
    Draytek 3310 used to do this, but I'm probably 10 years out of date with Draytek stuff

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