[nSLUG] Static IP Availability Question

Scott Perry scperry at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 14:38:26 ADT 2007


I'm not sure if this is the sort of thing you're looking for, but I 
figured I'd pass it along anyway: 
http://www.sshtools.com/showSslExplorerCommunity.do


-Scott


Jon wrote:
> I've used OpenVPN extensively in the past. It works well, but it has two
> problems:
>
> 1. Key management is far too much of a PITA for end users to manage
> 2. Requires installation on the client machine. We're looking for
> something that can be used from anywhere - probably web based. This is
> the same reason why an SSH tunnel won't work well.
>
> I actually had a client outright reject OpenVPN once because it was too
> 'ugly' on his Windows client. He insisted on PPTPd because it was
> integrated so nicely with Windows. Form over security...takes all kinds,
> I guess.
>
> Anyhow, there are a bunch of ways to twist this thing, but the bottom
> line is that I need to be able to send all traffic out from a known and
> static IP. That sounds like VPN to me, but since I can't seem to get
> OpenVPN to run in a VPS and I'm not going to shell out the $$ for a
> dedicated box just to make it a VPN server, I'm looking for other
> alternatives. I'm thinking there must be an entrepreneurial spirit out
> there on the interwebs somewhere offering such a service.
>
> Have to find some time to do some Googling...
>
> J
>
>
>
> Scott Perry wrote:
>   
>> You might want to take a look at OpenVPN. http://openvpn.net
>>
>> It is based on SSL rather than IPSec, but it's free, has clients for
>> mutiple OS's, it's easy to configure, firewall friendly, etc...
>>
>> -Scott
>>
>> Jon wrote:
>>     
>>> Heya
>>>
>>> This is more of an outgoing issues. I ran servers in my previous house,
>>> but I have no desire to do that again here.
>>>
>>> Yes, a staging ssh machine that is trusted by all others in the network
>>> is a good idea, but it only solves half the problem. Many of the
>>> interfaces I need to get to are web interfaces hence why I thinking of a
>>>  VPN style solution. I know I can probably use an SSH tunnel through our
>>> staging machine, but there are less technical users that also need to
>>> use the system.
>>>
>>> I thought about a cheap VPS to provide VPN services to me, but I've had
>>> troubles with getting the necessary IPTables running in a VPS in the past.
>>>
>>> Lots of ideas...
>>>
>>> J
>>>
>>> D G Teed wrote:
>>>   
>>>       
>>>> If you are interested in running domain services, some of us are running
>>>> low volume web and email services on the cheap by using alternate ports in
>>>> combination with dynamic DNS services like dyndns, and smart relay
>>>> of email through the high speed ISP's SMTP.  It works well enough
>>>> for personal and low volume needs.
>>>>
>>>> If you need to ssh through some firewall from a static IP, then
>>>> you'd probably be set by getting some ISP which provides ssh
>>>> to their box with a static IP.  I've never used their services,
>>>> but vex.net <http://vex.net> in Toronto seems to offer a very flexible shell
>>>> environment for $90/year including access to cron, C compilers,
>>>> various scripting languages, use of tools like lynx, etc.
>>>>
>>>> --Donald
>>>>
>>>> Depending
>>>>
>>>> On 10/15/07, *Jon* <me at jonwatson.ca <mailto:me at jonwatson.ca>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     Hey All,
>>>>
>>>>     I'm discovering all sorts of things out here that are different from
>>>>     Alberta. Today I discovered that Aliant wants $105/month for a static
>>>>     IP. Clearly, that's highway robbery, but I need some sort of static
>>>>     presence outbound as I need to get through firewalls now and again.
>>>>
>>>>     So, my questions are:
>>>>
>>>>     1. Is there someone more reasonably priced than Aliant?
>>>>
>>>>     2. Can anyone recommend a VPN service or something similar that I can
>>>>     use to tunnel through?
>>>>
>>>>     3. Any other bright ideas?
>>>>
>>>>     Thanks
>>>>
>>>>     Jon
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