It’s been about a month since I posted on computing.net, and I asked about firewalls on a post, and heropsycho recommended IPCOP as a good firewall. I was wondering if somebody wouldn’t mind answering a few questions? I’ve been playing around with IPCOP, and I like a lot of the features. I recently became interested in messing with VPN’s, so I can connect to my home workstation from work. I’ve connected to a VPN before, but never set one up. I have a fairly good understanding of networking, but some things stump me on VPN’s. I’ve been toying around trying to get this thing to work, and I’ve had no luck. With IPCOP its linux based, and after doing some reading it seemed like I was suppose to dowload this VPN client software called Linsys IPSEC Tool. Is this correct, or can I setup a VPN connection in XP? Also, I’ve been stumped on using the certificate option on IPCOP. I go to save the root certificate, so that I can import it into windows/Linsys IPSEC Tool, and when I do this it brings up a web page instead of save dialog box, so I save the document into text, and change the extension to a pc12 file. I’ve tried to import into windows, and the IPSEC tool and it says it’s not a valid file. Well this brings me to preshared keys. With a preshared key can I just make up a long number, and input this key both into IPCOP and the client software? I’m just looking for a basic overview on the VPN in IPCOP, and some answers on the stuff above. If I have to use IPSEC tool I have some questions on it.
Thanks for any help