Accessing machines at remote sites over the Internet can be a challenge since firewalls block messages that originate from the Internet. Although it is possible to open up ports in the firewall by using Port Forwarding, IT professionals are reluctant to compromise the security of their network and usually decline this type of request. Without permission from the IT department, the systems integrator is left with few options. One solution to this problem is to incorporate a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, such as Contemporary Controls' RemoteVPN subscription service.
While the RemoteVPN service provides security and the convenience of remote access without the burden of maintaining the VPN server, Contemporary Controls' Skorpion EIGR Gigabit VPN router provides a Self-Hosted VPN Solution which allows network-savvy users to setup and maintain secure, remote access to multiple locations without subscription fees or cloud service dependencies. Refer to the Understanding Contemporary Controls' VPN Options Application Note for the full comparison between RemoteVPN and Self-HostedVPN.
The EIGR-V IP router can be configured to operate in OpenVPN server mode which allows the router to act as the VPN server with the ability to support Contemporary Control's wired and cellular routers as VPN clients. In addition to OpenVPN PC clients for Windows/Linux machines, OpenVPN clients are available for iOS and Android mobile devices for greater flexibility in accessing sites remotely.
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