I've searched high and low for information on this topic, but all I seem to find is yet another company offering to set up a VPN or yet another highly technical datasheet.
Basically, this is the situation:
Our company has a head office that will have most of the IT infrastructure, like a network drive, a printer, etc etc. The network drive is the main thing...
We also have employees on the road and in their home offices (all of which have broadband access) who need to connect to the network drive as if they were connected to the LAN in the head office. So that rules out browser-based VPN solutions, as I need it to be totally seamless and transparent to the end user.
Basically, this is what I think the solution looks like:
From what I can gather, this leaves the option of a hardware solution that sits on the head office network. The one I'm looking at right now is a Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200.
In very simple terms, is it just a little box that sits on the network that enables the network to accept incoming VPN connections via IPSec software? I assume that the IPSec software is simply (or with great difficulty) installed on the client pc's (i.e. the remote workers' laptops) and then automagically connects to the VPN? And then I would be able to mount network drives and thus get all the other services working?
I would appreciate correction/guidance from anyone that may have any knowledge of this! Thanks for your help...