VPN sucks. It’s usually hard to implement and costly. Some of the router VPNs aren’t so bad. But I have had mixed results with them. And implementing them with clients tends to be a nightmare. Recently I can across a very easy VPN solution called Hamachi. It’s small and easy, but don’t let that fool you. This thing rocks!
The first thing you need to do is go and download Hamachi. Run through the installer and set up a new network. Adding clients to the network is easy. The VPN connection is handled through Hamachi, but then it’s handed off to a true peer to peer network between the clients. The software includes:
- single or group chat
- 256 networks with 50 users for commercial license and 16 for non-commercial
- Network locking, member banning, and multiple administrators
It’s really that easy. Oh, and if you need to keep Hamachi VPN running even if you log out (like a server) – don’t worry, the newest install includes the ability to run the software as a service. This means that even if you log out, Hamachi is running. A commercial license for 1 year costs $40. And non-commercial is free. Yep, you read that right. This software is easy to set up and great to use. I would highly recommend it. Oh yeah, they have Windows, Linux, and OS X versions. Woot.