ClearOS app, alternative to your home connection (integrate VPN inside your home LAN)

VPN ibvpn

The ClearOS distro app is a new software application for ibVPN service. ClearOS (formerly named ClarkConnect) is a Linux distribution, based on CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux designed for use in small and medium enterprises as a network gateway and network server with a web-based administration interface. Some features that ClearOS provides:

  • Stateful firewall (iptables), networking and security
  • Intrusion detection and prevention system (SNORT)
  • Virtual private networking (PPTP, OpenVPN)
  • Web proxy, with content filtering and antivirus (Squid, DansGuardian)
  • E-mail services (Webmail, Postfix, SMTP, POP3/s, IMAP/s)
  • Groupware (Kolab)
  • Database and web server (easy to deploy LAMP stack)
  • File and print services (Samba and CUPS)
  • Flexshares (unified multi-protocol storage which currently employs CIFS, HTTP/S, FTP/S, and SMTP)
  • MultiWAN (Internet fault tolerant design)
  • Built-in reports for system statistics and services (MRTG and others)

The ClearOS development team managed to build a ibVPN app from scratch, based on the OpenVPN protocol.

The best feature that you will definitely enjoy is setting your favorite device to use the ibVPN service inside your Home LAN. On the ibVPN ClearOS app menu you can assign the hostname/IP address for the specified device so that you won’t have to setup the VPN for your device. It’s basically like setting up the VPN in your router, only easier, faster and far more convenient. Thus you will be able to choose a device on your LAN to route through the selected ibVPN server.

In order to install the app you can use the following command: # yum install –enablerepo=clearos-contribs app-ibvpn. Make sure that you set the Network connection to Gateway and disable the proxy settings. For more information you can either contact our support dept and you can check this helpful guide can be found here.

Update: To update a previous version, you will need to run: # yum update –enablerepo=clearos-contribs app-ibvpn

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