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Cold Warrior
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Mar 28, 2010, 11:24 PM
 
I'm looking for a vpn service, paid or free, that is OS X Snow Leopard-compatible. Main purpose is to route beyond firewalls for a more private, non-firewalled session.
     
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Mar 29, 2010, 05:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
I'm looking for a vpn service, paid or free, that is OS X Snow Leopard-compatible. Main purpose is to route beyond firewalls for a more private, non-firewalled session.
Does that mean he said firewall blocks standard VPN ports, and you need a solution that uses something like port 80 to do the job ?

What ports *ARE* open on that firewall ?

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Mar 29, 2010, 11:13 AM
 
Check out OpenVPN, it's the simplest firewall I've come across to get going, and has a great reputation. There are multiple OS X clients, the server is platform agnostic.
     
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Mar 29, 2010, 07:20 PM
 
note: service, not server. I can configure an OpenVPN server but am looking for a professional service.

turtle: hotel vpn ports are generally open, so getting out isn't a problem. But a service with the flexibility to use a series of ports would be a plus.
     
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Mar 29, 2010, 08:15 PM
 
Why would Slinkware not work ?

http://forums.macnn.com/92/networkin...play-vpn-macs/

Yes, it's technically NOT a VPN, but what applications do you have that would require a true VPN ?

Maybe the future Slink features is what you are looking for:

Also, we are soon adding SOCK4,SOCKS5 and HTTP proxy capability for Slink client connections to get around firewall and policy issues.
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Mar 29, 2010, 09:36 PM
 
Slinkware is meant to get a user back to his home network, and unfortunately my home network has standard residential upload speeds (slow), so it's not good for heavy usage (video chat, watching streaming video, downloading).

I'm particularly interested in being able to do file sharing, where ports are usually blocked in hotels.
     
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Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
Slinkware is meant to get a user back to his home network, and unfortunately my home network has standard residential upload speeds (slow), so it's not good for heavy usage (video chat, watching streaming video, downloading).

I'm particularly interested in being able to do file sharing, where ports are usually blocked in hotels.
Slinkware does file sharing, but it needs port 22 (SSH).

If port 22 is blocked, your options are rather limited.

Take a look at Searchlight.
You can define your own ports.

Other than that, yes, maybe you really need a full-blown VPN to get around the port 22 issue.

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Apr 4, 2010, 12:33 PM
 
I went with vpnout. Had used them before but then things stopped working on 10.6, so I'm using it with a Win7 virtual machine.
     
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Apr 7, 2010, 02:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Slinkware does file sharing, but it needs port 22 (SSH).

If port 22 is blocked, your options are rather limited.

Take a look at Searchlight.
You can define your own ports.

Other than that, yes, maybe you really need a full-blown VPN to get around the port 22 issue.

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Olof from Slinkware here. Slink does not use port 22. By default it uses a random high port. However, you can configure any port you want in the Preference Pane. Also Slink supports HTTP or SOCKS proxies for connections, should you need that.

Let me know if you have any questions1
     
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Apr 7, 2010, 07:06 AM
 
Ahh, interesting. So it connects using SSH, but on a random port ?

I completely missed that option in the Prefpane.

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Apr 21, 2010, 03:27 AM
 
turtle777: Slink can use any port you want. Often it makes sense to set port 80 and 443 to get through corporate proxies. (Slink support HTTP and SOCKS proxies. HTTP proxies often allow outbound connections only to ports 80 and 443.)

Heads up: Slink is out of beta and Slink 1.0 is available:

Download Slink - Slinkware
     
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Thanks. Downloading the new version right now

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