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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Adding a VPN server to ReadyNAS

Image (c) NetGear

I recently purchased a 4 disk-bay Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ box. This was a few days after I lost 60% of my media collection because my HD just decided to stop working. And yes, I've been meaning to back up the archive, but never got around to actually doing it, till it died. Hindsight is 20-20, isn't it?

Anyhow, the ReadyNAS NV+ is a great box. The nicest thing about it is that via plugins, you can convert it into a full fledged development box running linux. One of the things lacking was how to make this box a VPN server as well. I currently have OpenVPN running in an 'always on' home laptop, but it was better if I moved the VPN server to the ReadyNAS box as it is the one that is supposed to be 'always on' anyway.

I searched around. There are several sites that give only partial instructions of how to get things working. No one site has 'everything you need'. So I thought I'd post *exactly* how to do everything you need to get this working.