[olug] VPN Opinion?

aric at omahax.com aric at omahax.com
Mon Jan 18 03:32:16 CST 2021

Hello Craig,

For the past 10+ years, for small office VPNs I have just added a dual port Intel NIC to retired SFF desktops and put pfSense on it.
It is basically free, easy, and is also rock solid.  Save the config and you can replace it with very quickly with dumpster hardware if it dies.
I have also built mini pcs for this for the fancier clients.  You can get prebuilt ones like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G9NTR6Z/ if you want to spend money.

OpnSense might be the way to go if you are not me and haven't used pfSense for ~15 years.
I will likely try it soon.  .....pfSense is nice for this because they don’t update as often and are probably more stable because of it, but IDK YMMV.


-----Original Message-----
From: OLUG <olug-bounces at olug.org> On Behalf Of Craig Wolf
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 9:28 AM
To: Omaha Linux User Group <olug at olug.org>
Subject: [olug] VPN Opinion?

Morning fellow geekies!

I have a question...I have a small business that is opening a 2nd site in the Metro area.  I want to setup a VPN tunnel between the sites so that I only have one server.  It would be nice if I can only push internal traffic to the home site but web traffic straight out. it's ok if it all has to traverse back to the central office and then out.

Server, desktops, and TP link are on the upgrade list as part of the project.

Current setup at main site:
TP-Link Router
Netgear GB 8 port switch
2 Windows 7 desktops
1 Dell/Windows 2012 server

Could I do this with 2 Ubiquiti EdgeRouters?  What do I need to watch out for?  Will I need to setup something for the IP since they are on Cox Business cable modems?

Been a long time since I did this...gonna take some work to get myself back up to speed.  lol!

Thank you in advance!!

Craig Wolf
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