We at SuperGeek have been quietly testing Hamachi VPN over the last several weeks and so far, we are amazed at its usefulness. There will be a couple of different versions, a Premium and Basic versions. The main difference between them will be scalability. The basic will remain free as well. The premium looks to have a fairly small monthly fee, though the store isn’t open yet so they could differ. (We have linked to the Hamachi developer posts for your convenience.)
Hamachi allows for a quick setup in most cases and allows for nearly instantaneous file sharing between computers on the Private Network. The added ability to play network games, remote management, and several other tools makes Hamachi a wonderful tool. The ability for Hamachi to allow a secure remote desktop connection from inside of a corporate firewall, through my home network firewall, was impressive and very useful. Having a secure but seamless network has been very handy when working from different locations.
We did run into a small issue with Hamachi not working with Windows XP firewall. The solution at the moment seems to be to turn off the Firewall. We would like to see some better integration of that. However some machines didn’t seem to have this issue. It has been tested under WinXP, Win2k3 Server (Standard and Enterprise), and Mandrivia Linux. The Linux client was a bit of a pain to work with, but should be possible.
Oh, and yes Michael. It is “incredibly useful“.
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[tags]Hamachi, Firewall, VPN[/tags]