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Which software will allow a VPN connection to a remote network and utilize that networks internet connection?

Useful for unknown free wi-fi areas to connect to a solid connection elsewhere.

Kind of like a remote desktop connection software (e.g. Teamviewer), but you just need internet access.

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You need to clarify your question. Teamviewer is for remote assistance and has nothing to do with a VPN. What are you looking to accomplish? – MDMarra Jun 17 '10 at 16:46
Just trying to figure out VPN's. Do they just create a shared folder on your machine, whereas with Teamviewer, you get a GUI of the entire remote machine? – eych Jun 17 '10 at 16:55
@eych - I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what a VPN is. A VPN is used to allow a computer that is not physically connected to a specific network to have access to resources on that network as if it were connected locally. This allows remote computers to access shared resources on servers or RDP to a work computer that is normally behind a firewall. I would read this - - if you'd like to learn more. It's a good intro. – MDMarra Jun 17 '10 at 18:03
If I could I would vote for this question to be closed since it is almost the same as this question – Darius Mar 23 '11 at 20:43
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For any VPN that you choose, you'd have to ensure that all your traffic is routed over the VPN, since that is not always the default. OpenVPN is a good free VPN solution. Some consumer routers have PPTP VPN servers built in.

Another option is to use a SOCKS proxy. Firefox and some other programs have support for SOCKS proxies. You could use SSH to create a SOCKS proxy to the remote server:

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Any VPN software will do this. The built-in software on Windows, OSX and Linux is all fine.

All you need is a network to connect to. There are plenty of companies which provide this service if you don't already have a secure remote connection.

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