What can you do with VPN?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by blueroom, Jun 21, 2011.

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    blueroom

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    I've got a Synology NAS running VPN and a MBP using Apples VPN client. Connects no problem. Since it's on a different subnet it's not like it can see anything on my LAN remotely so question is what is it good for?
     
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    crazzyeddie

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    So that you can do secure data transfer to/from the NAS from anywhere.
     
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    blueroom

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    Ok do I need to do anything extra after the VPN connection is made? IE WebDAV / FTP do they become encrypted?
     
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    Just because it's on a different subnet doesn't mean you can't see anything on your home network. Simply add a static route to your home network's subnet, and you will be able to get to it.

    It would be nice to come up with some way to apply the route only when using the VPN. Something like MarcoPolo would be helpful. MarcoPolo permits you to run scripts when your "context" changes. For example, when you network connection changes.

    Apple may have provided something more straightforward, but I dunno since I haven't played with VPNs on my Macbook, iPhone, or iPad.

    Normally, though, VPN client software provides some inbuilt way to do this.
     

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