[Openswan Users] Basic question: should I use Openswan?

Andy fs at globalnetit.com
Thu Jan 12 10:16:53 CET 2006

On Thu, 2006-01-12 at 00:15 +0100, Roman Dergam wrote:
> Hello,
> I apologise for the lack of knowledge related to Openswan - I started and 
> installed today. I would like to use a secure connection between a laptop 
> (which seems to be called "Road Warrior" here) and a server (with no network 
> behind it; just a server to administer). The reason I started to look for a 
> more complex solution
more complex than what?

> is that the laptop has no static public IP. And on top 
> of that it can connect from various places - with one or two machines before 
> the public internet. 
> My questions are (and thanks to anybody for any advice): 
> Is Openswan the right solution to use for such a situation?

Actually, probably not. Openswan will certainly work, but is perhaps
overkill in this case. Sounds to me like you can do what you need with
ssh. Did you consider that? If so, why did you reject it?

> If not, what other solutions could you recommend? (I looked at racoon - 
> equally puzzling)
> Is it possible to configure Openswan in such a way that is connects my two 
> machines regardless of whether there is a router+modem or whatever gateway 
> configuration between it and the server (which has a public IP)  - or not?
> Thanks
> Roman Dergam
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