The preferred virtual private network (VPN) option for connectivity between NetPilot and/or SoHoBlue units is OpenVPN, as well as using the OpenVPN client for connectivity from PCs.
OpenVPN is an open source software application that implements techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site VPN connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. It is capable of traversing network address translators (NATs) and firewalls.
OpenVPN allows peers to authenticate each other using a pre-shared secret key, certificates, or username/password. When used in a multiclient-server configuration, it allows the server to release an authentication certificate for every client, using signature and Certificate authority. It uses the OpenSSL encryption library extensively, as well as the SSLv3/TLSv1 protocol, and contains many security and control features.
OPEN VPN CLIENT
NetPilots equipped with software version v4.0.5 and later, have the ability to use unlimited license OpenVPN SSL clients. This client works with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit, and has been extentively tested for use with NetPilot.
IPsec clients are no longer bundled with NetPilot products.
All NetPilots are equipped with IPSec VPN functionality as standard. This offers offering a secure way for organisations to deploy internet-based site-to-site networks, remote access and email facilities. It integrate key communications, networking and server elements into a single unit.
Our traditional VPN solution has been based on the industry-standard IPSec protocol suite (which is still provided for those that need its interoperability with other products).
By using VPN powered NetPilots, organisations can establish totally secured VPNs between their sites using existing Internet connections. Secure networks can be easily established. Other Internet activities, such as web browsing and the transferring of email to and from other destinations around the world, can operate alongside the VPN activity.
Note : A fixed, static IP address, is required at the central site NetPilot product connected to an ADSL circuit for IPSec. IPSec VPN single user client client configurations can operate with dynamic IP addresses.
NetPilot provides the facilities for remote access to, and administration of, NetPilots and associated local networks. All these functions are achieved at low cost – using the Internet – and are totally secure. Also provided is the functionality to remotely access email on NetPilot or an office mail-server on its LAN, from anywhere in the world. From home or hotel, an office network is securely accessible. A suitable VPN client installed on the PC or Notebook being used to remotely access the NetPilot is required for this capability.
Mobile VPN Connectivity for iPhone, iPad and Android
NetPilot has launched a new VPN facility called Mobile VPN, specifically targeted at catering for roaming users with mobile devices. It provides secure SSL VPN connectivity from iPhone, iPad and Android to the organisation’s network protected by NetPilot or SoHoblue security appliances.
Mobile VPN brings a new class of functionality for NetPilot and SoHoblue users and Network Managers, simplifying VPN deployment for remote workers and adding support for iOS and Android devices. Mobile VPN provides similarly secure connectivity users currently enjoy for Windows and Macs (desktop and laptops), but now for the mobile world of tablets and smart phones.
Currently supported platforms include iOS, Android, Windows and Linux. Mobile VPN uses a combination of username/password security and X.509 SSL certificates to combine ease of deployment with high security. As well as the new support for iOS and Android devices, an additional benefit of the Mobile VPN implementation is that all VPN configuration is now greatly streamlined – configuring a new client on the NetPilot/SoHoBlue is now as simple as creating a new user account. Thus deployments for Windows client devices are now simplified too!
Mobile … Key Points
Some of the key points include:
• Secure remote access to central site
• Multiple profile support to allow differing connections*
• Secure remote desktop / email / file server access
• Ideal for Network Managers on the move
• Uses full SSL encryption so gives total security
• Works with your mobile devices operating over G3/G4 or Wi-Fi
The new Mobile Functionality is incorporated v6.1.11 software for NetPilot and SoHoBlue units. The NetPilot Mobile VPN client end – the App – is free-of-charge.
Download the App for your mobile device from here:
*Windows and Linux client implementations allow for multiple simultaneous active VPN sessions with multiple profiles. Currently, iOS and Android restrictions mean that you may have multiple profiles, but only one active connection at any point in time.