New submitter RavenLrD20k writes: I am a programmer by trade with a significant amount of training as a Network Administrator (AAS in Computer Networking). I have no problem with how to build three or four separate networks in each location and make them route over the internet. My weakness is in trying to setup a VPN for a secured two-way connection between location A and location B, both mixed OS environments, with the requirement that all of the internet traffic on B gets routed through A first. I've already looked at some boxed solutions, such as LogMeIn Hamachi, but there hasn't been much in the way of mixed environment support. This is a complicated one, so keep reading for more on what RavenLrD20k is trying to accomplish.
Some background: Due to recent events it's become necessary for me to have remote access to all of my Parents' computers which are about 4 hours away(location B) from my home location(location A). This is to facilitate me being able to log in and apply patches and security updates without requiring someone on the other end sending me Desktop Sharing invites (I'm already going to be upgrading their 2 systems to Windows 7 Ultimate on my dime for this purpose). The ISP for Location B also seems to be blocking the Desktop Sharing ports as this method has completely stopped working for us without notice, and router configs have been verified as forwarding the necessary ports. Location B also has 2 grandchildren that will have a Windows 7 Home Edition Laptop (for MS Office based classwork), a Linux Mint Machine (to start, he has full reign to do whatever he wants to this machine after initial setup with the understanding that if he "breaks" it, he fixes it), and several BeagleBone or R-Pi machines for my Son's experiments while he's visiting for the summer.
Location A has two networks. First is the one with the public IP that I run my Linux servers and physically connected Desktop on. This network also has a wireless interface that allows gaming machines and phones on the North side of the house to connect to. Network two is behind the NAT and runs a dual-band wireless connection for devices on the south side. I would rather not have this second network get internet access through the VPN but through the traditional means.
Location A has a 150/30 cable connection with a 2TB cap. Location B has a 20Mb/s symmetrical uncapped Fiber connection. I also have a VPS "in the cloud" running CentOS which has a 1Gbps Inbound 20Mbps(1Gbps burstable) Outbound connection which may be repurposed for this if necessary. I figure this to be common sense but I would prefer that the the connection between the locations be routed as opposed to bridged as to avoid the issues that come with sending broadcast packets over the internet.
As I said, I primarily want this to be able to remote into my parents' systems to provide maintenance and support instead of having to budget an emergency trip when things go awry. On top of this I'd also like some way to be able to monitor/control my son's online activities while he's away (hence my desire to route at least his traffic, if not all Location B internet traffic, through Location A). Also note: I'm not a helicopter parent by any means and only monitor once in a while to get a general idea of what his online trend is; and the extent of "control" is if grandpa and grandma say he needs time off the computer for x days for bad behavior or whatever, I want to be able to enforce that rule where he won't be able to sneak around while they're in bed. This connection will not have any firewalling or blocking enabled by default. I want everyone to have complete open access to the full internet (this too is to help educate my son in smart browsing/chatting and encourage "you break it, you fix it").
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