Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
Thanks for the info -- great stuff.
Just a quickie
Is it worth setting up a Home "Server" type computer to allow VPN inbound connections or is it simpler and easier to simply use RDP (Remote desktop connection).
Does the VPN give any better security (or more importantly) perform better over a typical home ISP (download speeds can be pretty fast but upload speeds are usually pretty ****ty even from the best ISP's.
cheers (and great tutorial)
Thank you and you're most welcome.
Very interesting points you've raised
Let's see if we can shed light to your questions;
VPN - allows the connecting computer to have access to the network resources that's available but does not allow you to control the desktop you're connecting to.
RDC - allows you to access the computer as if you're using it physically
So it depends mainly on the purpose of your connection.
As far as security is concerned, VPN connections offers a configurable security option depending on what your network supports when it creates a tunneled network which is more robust than that of an RDC connection though it connects using a 128 AES encryption which is more than adequate in securing the session(s) in progress.
On connectivity, RDC offers an "experience" based option depending on the type of connection, that can be scaled down if you experience lags and such to improve responsiveness felt on the client connecting. As for VPN, you're limited to what your connection can support, though it gets all the available bandwidth it can get.
I hope that the above helps you figure out what you'll need for your setup.
Please feel free to shoot more questions bugging you.