[nSLUG] Static IP Availability Question

Jon me at jonwatson.ca
Mon Oct 15 15:08:45 ADT 2007


Now *that* looks interesting. That might do it.

Thanks!

J

Scott Perry wrote:
> 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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