Chapter 5: Extending Your Network with VPN Access

In This Chapter

check.png Examining VPN uses

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check.png Considering VPN clients and servers

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Today’s network users frequently need to access their networks from remote locations: home offices, hotel rooms, beach villas, and their kid’s soccer fields. In the early days of computer networking, the only real option for remotely accessing a network was to set up dialup access with telephone lines and modems, which was slow and unreliable. Today, enabling remote access to a local area network (LAN) is easily done with a virtual private network. Simply put, a virtual private network (VPN) enables remote users to access a LAN via any Internet connection.

This chapter is a short introduction to VPNs. You find out the basics of what a VPN is, how to set one up, and how to access one remotely. Enjoy!

Understanding VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) is a type of network connection that creates the illusion that you’re directly connected to a network when in fact, you’re not. For example, suppose you set ...

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