0

(This is *somewhat* of an extension to this question.)

I've come to enjoy (yes, I know) using a VPN for all of my internet usage (specifically Freedome), but I don't have a lot of money to buy subscriptions for every single device. I'd like to just purchase one subscription, install it on a single computer/server, and route all traffic through that LAN proxy. I believe this would have the additional advantage that I can set up a firewall on this machine and protect my whole network.

I'm rather new to network security though, and I haven't tested any of this yet. Is there a better method that could be less of a bottleneck? Or does this sound like a good approach for routing traffic?

Update: In the case of Freedome, it appears that this would be a breach of the usage terms:

If the Software and/or its services are shared through a network or the Software is used to filter traffic at servers, firewalls or gateways, you must have a license for either scanning capacity or for the total number of users whom the Software provides services to. Source: Freedome License Terms

  • I would not encourage you to game the system like this. – Limit Dec 8 '16 at 20:57
  • @Limit Fair point, thanks. It does appear that this is in violation of terms at least for the software I was considering using. I've made a note of it in the question. – ZX9 Dec 8 '16 at 21:06
1

Well as you've discovered, firstly you need to find a VPN that allows you to do that in the terms and conditions.

But in general terms, this is a common way of working with VPN's, just not so much with the type of VPN you are using. VPN's are commonly used to connect "branch offices" to a head office in enterprises. In this case, the router is the VPN end-point rather than each PC since the latter would be very inefficient.

In your case, the best way is to get hold of a VPN that supports being an end point (VPN termination) rather than just being a VPN "passthrough". Of course, the router needs to be able to terminate the type of VPN your service provider supports - OpenVPN, IPSEC or whatever.

If you can't do that, you need to set up a computer as the VPN end point and as a router. Then connect the other computers on the "inside" of the router. There are lots of ways to do that but the most performant way would need a computer with 2 network cards, Linux can be used to create a router and there are several versions of Linux that are pre-configured for that purpose.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.