I am thinking of running a non-profit project to help those people living in dictatorship countries where governments block and filter 99% of the Internet and its services such as Skype, IMs, etc...
I am not a pro by any means but from what I understand using VPN connection to outside world is the only secure and reliable solution for both the host and the client at this time.
My question is:
How can I start a VPN service and share my high-speed DSL/Cable connection with lets say 10 to 100 clients?
My current internet connection has a upload speed of 1Mbps and Download Speed of 10Mbps. I know that sharing 10Mbps with that many users means very little bandwidth for each of them but not all users go online at the same time and even if they do, the average internet connection speed in countries such as Iran is between 50kbps to 100kbps at its best so I would be able to still provide them with a free, no filtered, no censored connection at an average speed.
What type of equipments do I need to do this properly and make sure people get a secure VPN connection to my internet line without giving them access to my personal hard drive.
I would appreciate it if someone could explain to me two different options. Option 1: a simple, free solution. (probably a open source or free software VPN server)
and Option 2: a more advanced option that doesn't require much configuration and maintenance. I don't mind donating up to $200 to some kind of may be hardware or something that I could attach to my cable modem and let it serve users in those countries.
For Option 2: I am thinking of purchasing a second high speed internet connection line and dedicate it to VPN internet sharing.
Users should be able to surf the internet, use Skype (which is currently blocked), use ftp, torrent, access youtube, etc... basically the solution should not be limited to internet surfing only. I want these vpn users to be able to take advantage of all type of internet services and ports that are currently available to most of us, so that they can enjoy a little bit of a freedom.
Thank you all for your support and comments in advance.