Server 2003 Configuration Router/Sw

January 2, 2009 at 22:20:14
Specs: Windows Server 2003, ? Irrelivent
I am going to set up a windows server 2003 system with remote access to a VPN and remote desktop. The server will be running in an office with 3 other computers. 2 users will need to log in remotely when they go out of town. The network will be connected to the internet via DSL modem. I have gotten up to speed on setting up the Server. I need to know what kind of router or switch I will need to make it all work. I am not sure if I need a Router with VPN access/firwall or if I can just use a switch? I will have a Lynksys wireless G router for access for in the house. The office is wired in from about 300 feet away in another building. My thought is I can get a Basic Router and uplink it from the DSL modem then connect the wireless router from there. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
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#1
January 3, 2009 at 09:22:17
buy a vpn client capable wireless router/firewall.

you can't use a switch
you can't link two routers wirelessly [wireless bridging] unless they support it which most don't and if they do 300 feet is a bit of distance for soho wireless.

It is unclear what you mean by "The office is wired in from about 300 feet away in another building"

Does this mean you have a wire from home to office?
Does this mean you are trying to provide internet to the office from your home?

'tis the season to be of good cheer. Wishing one and all happy times with family and friends.


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#2
January 3, 2009 at 09:41:34
The office will have the internet with the modem and the router. The house has cat5 run to it. Thats where I would put the wireless router for the house to have access. There is no need for Wireless access in the office. The house will need access to the network and internet. My message was a bit unclear. I want to know what is needed and what is recommended. Kinda like what can I get away with and what would be good and secure. I am not sure if I can use any router in this case because of the VPN.

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#3
January 3, 2009 at 10:15:43
Thanks for the clarification.

I have a linksys wrvs4400N router which supports vpn clients and has gig ethernet. A client authenciates to the router then rdp's to the server.

Your setup would be the same with the addition of a access point [turn you wireless router into just a AP switch].

modem<>vpn router<> server/network
crossover cable from vpn router to wireless home router. Home router is assigned a static ip and its dhcp server is disabled. Cable from vpn router to wireless router goes lan port to lan port never lan to wan.

'tis the season to be of good cheer. Wishing one and all happy times with family and friends.


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