usage of built in VPN client

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by cuestakid, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    does anyone use the built in or third party vpn client on any kind of iOS device and if so, what do you connect to specifically? How does it work? Is it reliable/usable?
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Till date I have been unable to figure out what VPN means and how it actually works and what it actually does...
  3. cuestakid thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    VPN means Virtual Private Network. It is designed to create a secondary network connection (on top of or piggy backing on your existing internet connection, depending on how you look at it) back to a remote computer (server, desktop, ect) at a business/corporate office and access files, folders and emails from anywhere. The connection is secured using any number of methods (SSL, IPSec, L2TP, Cisco IPSec are some examples), ensuring that anything done on that connection is protected from intrusion.
  4. wackymacky, Dec 15, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011

    wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    I use the VPN all the time to log in to one of my clients networks using CISCO certification, then once connected, use one of the (many available) Apps, PocketCloud for remote desktop connection.

    admittedly I had to hack the PCF file, (as the IT don't support iPhones)

    Works fine over WiFi or 3G.

    Presumably it is built the same as native VPN on Mac

    (Think of it as a tunnelled line to the sever where you are trying to connect, and then you run over that what ever App/ protocol you want to use)
  5. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I use the VPN on my phone to connect to my VPN service.
  6. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I use an L2TP connection to work, I use it for RDP access and server management on my iPad and iPhone.
  7. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I use a 3rd party app called VPN Express to access restricted content while overseas (e.g., Netflix, Sunday Ticket, HBO Go, etc.)

    There are numerous articles explaining VPNs on the web.
  8. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    OS X, windows and linux all have VPN servers built in, so if you are at a free wifi you can connect securely back to your home computer and surf the internet 'through' your home internet,
    and because you can then trust all connections (and where you can't ie the free wifi the connection is encrypted) it means your browsing (passwords ect.) is 100% secure
  9. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    The IPSec implementation is Cisco, so if you wish to use that protocol you are stuck with a Cisco appliance, but it works very well.

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