VPN for remote Mac clients

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by bulldigi, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. bulldigi macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Was wondering what are you using, successfully, as VPN device to use with remote Macs? Want to remote in from my MBP to desktop.

    My MBP & iMac can't be upgraded to beyond the 10.6.8 I currently run (can't upgrade hardware for now either) so can't use the now-free Back to My Mac. Many wireless routers w/VPN at around $200 pricepoint have reviews for Windows but I haven't found good info when the remote clients are Macs.

    Thank you for any inputs :apple:

  2. iampaulb macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2012
  3. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    TeamViewer also not too bad ... Not VPN but remote access.

    I have a FreeBSD distribution running (pfSense) providing IPsec-VPN I use with my iPad; not tried yet with MBA but sure it would work.

    TeamViewer would be easier ;)
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    If you are NOT a /Applications/Utilities/Terminal guru then consider getting some third party applications like Slink or ShareTool or others. You choice is your business.
  5. bulldigi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Thank you for your inputs.

    I've used both Logmein Free (not Hamachi yet) & Teamviewer to help my Dad overseas who is on WinXP so I appreciate the thought as it does work for remote. No exact rhyme or reason why but somehow in my mind I've put the hosted VPN idea on the back burner. I've read threads on the forums about VPN services too so I may reconsider.

    Interesting on pfsense ... looks like the hardware requirements are minimal. I just opened tabs on slink & sharetool ... are these equivalent, security-wise, as Back to My Mac (just runs on pre-Lion)?

    Thank you again.
  6. bulldigi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Is anyone using Zyxel product like their USG20W successfully with the native Apple VPN client using L2TP and/or some other client that supports IPSec/OpenVPN? That Zyxel product looks interesting for the pricepoint ...

    Thank you.
  7. ttsaon13, Feb 11, 2013
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    ttsaon13 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013
    attachment is mac clients will help you
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    Please do not attach files the membership has no idea what it is, as the risk of malware is high.
  9. bulldigi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Thank you both.

    Well, I came across these: IPSecuritas and VPN Tracker. Former seems freeware. If I do get a device such as USG from Zyxtel I will try either and let all know how it works.
  10. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    It's unfortunate you can't use Back To My Mac. For my needs, it's been brilliant. I had a Netopia VPN gateway that was a royal pain to get set up properly, and VPN connections were neither faster nor terribly reliable. Back To My Mac has been seamless for me — both remote screen sharing and mounting remote volumes over AFP is fast and easy.

    For your purposes, I'd go with TeamViewer or GoToMyPC or a similar service.
  11. bulldigi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Thank you. Yes, I wish I could just use Back to My Mac. Other than the obvious (sell, sell, sell :p) I don't think the OSX version should matter as it worked with MobileMe ...
  12. PosterNutbag. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2012
    I use a Cisco ASA 5505 and just run the built in mac VPN client on my 11" MBA to connect to my 15" rMBP via the built in VNC client.

    I also get the benefit of forcing all my remote network traffic across a VPN tunnel so I use it with confidence in public hotspots. No matter where I am, it always looks like I'm coming from my home Internet connection.
  13. assembled macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    +1 for the ASA.

    in days gone by I would have suggested SSL Explorer, but it went closed source when Barracuda bought out 3SP :-(
  14. bulldigi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Thank you - the ASA have great reviews on Newegg ... I wish I can justify :( I'm testing sharetool & seems decent. For now I may try USG20W since it's only me needing remote access to my iMac from my MBP on the road. I need a wireless router anyways as my Linksys is getting long on the tooth.
  15. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    The ASA 5505 is crazy expensive for most user's needs. A wide variety of routers can support PPTP for 5 or 6 users out of the box (e.g. Asus N66U).

    If you have a computer that is on all the time anyway, e.g. file server (and you have a router that you can setup static port forwards, (most of them)) I highly recommend just using Apple's VPN functionality through ML Server. (IPSec)
  16. mikeadams macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    We use on premise remote support appliance such as RHUB appliances in our organization to enable remote desktop sharing. It has easy to use functionality and best part is, it is only one time payment.
  17. mille1j macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2013

    I use a peplink 20. its an awesome load balancing router. setting up VPN for mac took about 20 seconds and works great-WITH the NATIVE OSX vpn client.

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