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VPN Tunnel Recommendations!

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#1 Wilo


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Posted 29 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

Hi All,

I have 5 stores across Puerto Rico and I want to create a VPN Connection between each one. In 4 stores I only have Thin Clients that connect to our Central Office via Remote Desktop Connection. Users do everything on the Central Store which is where the servers are hosted. On each of the 4 stores I also have some IP Printers that I am wanting to use. However, I cannot use those IP Printers right now because I only have Thin Clients on those stores. To use those printers, I will have to add them to the Server to which users connect to via RDP.

Here comes the problem, since I don't have a VPN Tunnel between each of my stores, Store A cannot see the printer in Store B and store B can't see the printer on Store A and the same story goes to the other stores.

I have a Netgear Prosafe VPN Firewall Router (Model: FVS318). And I have other similar models of this Netgear Pro Safe VPN Firewall family on the other stores. 4 of these stores have a Dynamic Public IP Address (That changes at least every few hours or days) and the Central Office has a static IP Address (That never changes).

I am wanting to connect each store to the Central Office. Store A does a VPN to Central Office, Store B does a VPN to Central Office, etc.

My questions are the following:

1. Can I create the VPN with only having one static IP address (Central Location) and the other 4 having dynamic IP Addresses? The stores will VPN to the Central Location but the Central Location cannot VPN back to each store because the other 4 stores don't have a static IP Address.

2. If the answer is yes to the above question, will I be able to actually add each of the IP Printers that are on the 4 stores to the Server by just writing the IP Address of the printer in each of the stores? (Like will I be able to ping each of the local ip addresses of devices that are connected to the internet from the stores?)

3. If you can point me to where I can find more info on how to create the right VPN Connection using my router I will greatly appreciate it :)

Sorry for the long thread but I thought I'd be as detailed as possible from the beginning :)

W. Maldonado

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#2 dirtdog900


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Posted 02 August 2011 - 02:28 PM

Usually you would use static ip's on all your endpoints. I know some firewall/routers will allow you to use hostnames instead but then you would need to look at a dynamic dns provider to help resolve those.

I don't know how many endpoints you are allowed to create on those Netgears? Are they licensed in any way?

You then need to look at the IP addressing on all your endpoints, for simplicity I would suggest using different subnets to allow the correct routing - along with setting up any firewall rules etc. You can get around this with NAT etc if the addressing overlaps with another site. Once that's done you can add network printers etc.

Sorry I can't be any more specific than that but it's quite a techy job to describe in writing! If you need any more help, let me know and I'll try and assist where I can.

Edited by dirtdog900, 02 August 2011 - 02:29 PM.

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