Changed in version 2.5: The VPN module GUI has been partly redesigned and the management of all users was moved under the same submenu.
New in version 2.5.: L2TP support
Changed in version 2.5.1: Moved IPsec and L2TP under the same menu
Changed in version 3.0: The VPN module has been completely redesigned.
New in version 3.0: LDAP support for user authentication.
A VPN allows two separated local networks to directly connect to each other over potentially unsafe networks such as the Internet. All the network traffic through the VPN connection is securely transmitted inside an encrypted tunnel, hidden from prying eyes. Such a configuration is called a Gateway-to-Gateway VPN, or Gw2Gw VPN for short. Similarly, a single remote computer somewhere on the Internet can use a VPN tunnel to connect to a local trusted LAN. The remote computer, sometimes called a Road Warrior, appears to be directly connected to the trusted LAN while the VPN tunnel is active.
The Endian UTM Appliance supports the creation of VPNs based either on the IPsec protocol, which is supported by most operating systems and network equipment, or on the OpenVPN service.
A user friendly OpenVPN client for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and MacOS X can be downloaded from the Endian Network.
The Endian UTM Appliance can be set up either as an OpenVPN server or as a client, and even play both roles at the same time, in order to create a network of OpenVPN-connected appliances. The menu items available in the sub-menu are the following: