I want to connect 2 wired networks securely via the internet and am considering VPN routers. I realize "wired" is sl. OT, but belive you can help with this question. One network receives internet access via ADSL, while the other uses wireless broadband. A dry line is not an option in my location.
Both networks are wired, and at different locations. Both networks have Win'ME, W2K, and Win'XP machines, as well as both print servers and printer sharing via connected computers. I would like to connect the 2 networks so that they will appear as one large network.
When connecting machines on the 2 networks, I would want the the internet connection to be secure, and I'd like to avoid additional software, so I am thinking routers that have built-in VPN, (VPN end-points?) I need to completely restrict internet access on some of the machines, but continue to allow full local LAN connectivity (those machines would not necessarily need to connect to the other portion of the network (via VPN or otherwise).
I would need 8 or fewer LAN ports on each router, and would only need2 or 3 simultaneous VPN connections between the 2 networks.
Your thoughts and opinions on proper hardware would be appreciated. I've found a number of routers that appear to be appropriate, but I have very limited personal knowledge of these particular routers and would like some pointers in the right direction. Even though the internet connections top out at around 1.5 Mbps down/ 768Kbps up, I would like to find appropriate routers with the highest throughput.