Lan over internet - hamachi replacements.

Every once in a while, i get a tip about a new VPN Tool.


Today is such a day, and i thought it might be nice to create a list of VPN tools which are available today.


The criterium for the tools to be listed is : It must create a VPN connection between 2 pc's.

Here is the preliminary list.


If you have a suggestion for this list, please let me know in the comments.

19 Responses to "Lan over internet - hamachi replacements."

Damir Says :
April 24, 2009 at 11:07 AM

hi,

I'm having some problems setting up n2n dhcp , it's not for gaming so i would like to hear from you how you did that

Thanks

Fossil fuels are green Says :
June 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

thank you for that list :)

ElGuillermo Says :
July 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Hi !

I'm trying to get a reliable VPN between Mac (Tiger and Panther), Linux (Ubuntu and Mint) and Windows (from 2000 to Seven)... I used Hamachi before, but its development has stopped (at least for OSX and Linux), and it seems it can't connect for sure anymore.

The new solution should be open-sourced and work with minimal installation efforts, as some distant people aren't sysadmins :)

1. Definitely won't fit my needs :
-- Leaf : seems closed-source, and doesn't work on Linux/OSX yet.
-- Garena : Game-based... I'd prefer a "real" VPN.
-- teamviewer : non-free, closed-source.
-- natnix : seems closed-source... No official Mac support
-- Kaboodle : last version was released five years ago :(
-- Tunngle : Closed source, Windows only...
-- VNN : Closed-source, non-free.
-- NioNet : website is dead (?). Seems it has no OSX support, and the server is Linux only

2. Mmm... Will try that in that order :
-- tinc : I surely get a look at it, even if it seems a bit complicated to set up.
-- n2n : open-source, maybe complicated to set up (?) http://www.ntop.org/n2n/
-- Wippien : Maybe a good choice, but relies on closed-source components.
-- SocialVPN : Seems OK, but relies on social web (Facebook, Skype...). I don't like the idea it can stop working tomorrow if Facebook changes the way it works.

3. Last hope :
-- OpenVPN : I gave up, as it is a lot too complicated to set up.
-- Remobo : Linux & OSX & Windows, and precompiled binaries, but closed-source :(

4. ???
-- LaNoi : website is dead (?)

I'll report in here my tests results :)

++G

ElGuillermo Says :
July 21, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Hi again !

*Update*

tinc is quite complicated... Can't figure out how to set it up. Definitely not for "normal" users.

Wippien is a mess on Linux.

Remobo dev have gone beserk with their universal build on OSX... PPC version is known to crash at soon as it starts. Waiting for a new build...

ElGuillermo Says :
July 21, 2009 at 7:03 PM

...And again :)

n2n (http://www.ntop.org/n2n/) seems perfect.
I'm testing it at the moment and report back soon.

ElGuillermo Says :
July 23, 2009 at 7:28 AM

...

A new one :
http://socialvpn.wordpress.com/
I couldn't find the way to get it compiled on Ubuntu 9.04, but the project is quite fresh. I'll keep an eye on it.

I'm still trying n2n... Seems a bit more complicated as I thought, but I won't give up so soon :)

ElGuillermo Says :
July 23, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Sorry. Wrong copy/paste :
Here's the new one : http://p2pvpn.org

ElGuillermo Says :
July 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Found the Graal :)

p2pvpn (http://p2pvpn.org) is cross-platform, open-source, free and has a gui.
Setting it up is a breeze, and you can invite anyone on your VPN just by clicking on a button. Very user-friendly.

I'll go with it for some days and report.

btw : Couldn't figure out how to use n2n simply (a lot of command lines, and a security flaw, as you must run parts in root mode on Linux...) Maybe I just got it wrong ?

hassan272 Says :
July 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Here's my guide of setting up of a VPN connection using "n2n" inorder to play a LAN game over the internet

http://www.epcgaming.com/smf/index.php/topic,14735.0.html

hassan272 Says :
July 24, 2009 at 4:36 PM

n2n is really nice, it's the simplest VPN program that I have come across. And best of all is you have complete control over it.

You can run any PC games using n2n, and sharing folders between computers also work perfectly.

ElGuillermo Says :
July 25, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Thanks Hassan272, but I finally have been convinced to use OpenVPN and managed to set it up.

I was quite afraid to enter into this, as it is known to be quite technical, but it ended up being very simple if you follow the official manual step-by-step (http://www.openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/documentation/howto.html).

This ends my quest for now :)

The only thing I'd like to be added in OpenVPN is a "hamachi-like" graphical user interface that would be a bless for people who don't know/want to get into command line interface.
There's an OpenVPN client interface that works pretty well on OSX, it's called TunnelBlick (http://code.google.com/p/tunnelblick).

++

hassan272 Says :
July 26, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Alternate link to my guide of setting up n2n,

http://www.sat-times.com/tutorials/6596-lan-gaming-over-internet-using-n2n-gui-n2n-supernode.html

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26973101

hassan272 Says :
August 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Alternate link to my guide of setting up a VPN using n2n :-

http://www.sat-times.com/tutorials/8114-lan-gaming-over-internet-vpn-setup-guide-using-n2n.html

JustDoIt Says :
August 26, 2009 at 8:56 AM

I set up N2N succesefully by following http://www.vpnhosting.cz/index.php/N2n-at-vpnhosting.cz.html

But to my surprise, I found Leaf was much faster than N2N.

JustDoIt Says :
August 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Wippien did not work in my PCs. I tried in different networks. Wippien always reported connection time out.

I tried GBridge also. But I could not make sure it offered VPN service as it is annouced.

Up to now, I found Leaf is the best. Although its source code is not available, it is free.

ptony82 Says :
September 27, 2009 at 9:17 PM

You should give SocialVPN another look. It now works with XMPP backend such as Google chat, Jabber.org, or ejabberd , no longer relies on Facebook.
http://www.socialvpn.org; http://code.google.com/p/socialvpn

hassan272 Says :
December 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Updated link to my guide of setting up a VPN using n2n :-

http://www.sat-times.com/showthread.php?t=8114

Fiery Shadow Says :
November 10, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Have a look at http://techmonks.net/lan-over-internet for a guide to using Wippen and hamachi

Andreasx Says :
July 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I am missing
WAKUSI
and
Gameranger
in this list

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