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[_] New router with VPN

Joe Leech joe.leech at
Thu May 9 11:57:33 BST 2019

Thanks for the advice all. Dreytek looks interesting, I wish it was
easier to choose a product. There seems to be so many versions.

I might play around with Raspberry Pi look again at OpenVPN, if it's
got any easier to connect before I commit to Dreytek.

Thanks again underscore!


On Tue, 7 May 2019 at 15:28, Oliver Humpage <oliver at> wrote:
> > I work abroad / away from home and I'd love to be able to VPN in and
> > access my local network. I'll be using my Mac / iPad on the VPN so
> > ideally I'd like it to be something other than OpenVPN that works with
> > OS VPN controls.
> In-built VPNs on iOS/macOS are either PPTP, which isn’t amazingly secure and should be considered obsolete, or L2TP/IPSEC, which is a PITA to set up. Also allowing random remote IPs on L2TP involves using aggressive mode for negotiations, which again opens up potential security issues, although you can mitigate them with a really strong pre-shared key.
> OpenVPN works fine via the iOS app (which hooks into the main iOS VPN control so you can turn off/on in general settings) or via TunnelBlick on the Mac. Nice fine-grained control over routing and DNS, decently secure, never had an issue with it. I wouldn’t discount it before trying it.
> I’ve found firewalls in random places slightly more likely to block L2TP/IPSEC traffic, so it may be worth having both anyway - or find some kind of SSL VPN setup - so you have a fallback.
> Oliver.
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