Utilizing the Internet for remote commissioning provides convenience while saving time and money, but accessing machines at job sites can be difficult because firewalls block messages that originate from the Internet. Although it is possible to open ports in firewalls using port forwarding, IT professionals are often reluctant to compromise the security of their network and usually decline this type of request. Without support from the IT department, the systems integrator is usually left with very few options. However, one solution is to incorporate a virtual private network (VPN), which simplifies communication over the Internet while maintaining security.
Contemporary Controls offers three VPN solutions to meet your remote access needs — our RemoteVPN subscription service, and our Self-HostedVPN and BridgeVPN solutions.
Contemporary Controls' EIPR-V, EIGR-V series, and EIGR-C series Skorpion IP routers support OpenVPN® client functionality and can be used with our RemoteVPN subscription service. Our EIGR-V, EIGR-VB routers can be configured as VPN servers for our Self-HostedVPN and BridgeVPN solutions.
Contemporary Controls' RemoteVPN subscription service provides secure communication and the convenience of remote access without having to maintain the VPN server. Hosted on the Internet and maintained by Contemporary Controls, RemoteVPN incorporates a cloud-based OpenVPN server, OpenVPN clients for workstations and mobile devices, and OpenVPN routers installed at job sites.
For network savvy users, Contemporary Controls' Self-HostedVPN solution utilizes the EIGR-V Skorpion Gigabit IP router configured to operate in OpenVPN server mode. This allows the router to act as the VPN server capable of supporting Contemporary Controls' wired and cellular routers as VPN clients. This Self-HostedVPN solution provides wired or wireless remote access for multiple clients—up to 15 wired/cellular IP routers in OpenVPN client mode and 15 OpenVPN clients on PC/tablet/phone.
For single-site remote access, Contemporary Controls also offers a BridgeVPN solution which utilizes the EIGR-VB Gigabit IP router configured to operate in OpenVPN server mode as a wired bridge VPN server. This BridgeVPN solution can support up to 10 VPN clients on PC/tablet/phone.