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Off-topic: using my home network away from home

This is more of a networking-rather-than-Mac question, but I need help and you are all amazing at this!

I'm attempting to find a way to forward my home connection, but it's been torture figuring out even the basics! I found SoftEther, a promising VPN server software that details creating a VPN LAN-to-LAN Bridge.

I get that a VPN server operates at the main location, runs a virtual ethernet adapter that is relayed to a second remote computer connected to the web use a VPN service, which I have, to tunnel between both locations.

Would the virtual adapter output to a real one/a second NIC perhaps? Many of you have way more technical knowledge than I, and sadly I've haven't figured out that last step.

I have a few projects that would be well-served by this exercise: I want to help my dad with a project so I want to be able to get on his network without using his desktop to 'remote in' so we can work in tandem rather than in series. I also want to act as sort of a cloud file server for him where he can access several servers I have at home. It's also a very cool way to social network, lol! And when mom and dad have to travel, he also needs to be able to access his home network from the laptop he'll be traveling with, and he could also configure his sec. cameras and such, so having a virtual NIC would be perfect for this, too. It'd be so much easier if he could use his laptop because it's already setup for what he needs. Plus mom and dad could then watch Netflix, Hulu, Prime and such right from the laptop, too!

I hope I didn't make my question too complicated; I tend to do that Sad TIA, everyone!

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I know there used to be a product called Astaro RED; I think it got bought by Sophos. It was basically a UTM router (they have a free VirtualBox/VMWare version) on the main network side, and a little brick you plug into power and the Internet on the guest side. It provides a network port that automatically connects directly through to the main network via VPN.

Found it... looks like it may still exist: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/support/documentation/sophos-red.aspx

...or not. Looks like they're not selling it anymore, just supporting it. So if you can find a used one, you could set this up pretty easily.

Otherwise, the next simplest option I know of is using OpenVPN, which doesn't require you punching through IGMP holes in your firewall, etc. like L2TP or PPTP. There's also Wired, but it's still a bit tricky to set up the gateway, although it's getting better. It has the benefit that it's lighter-weight, connects faster, and uses fewer resources.

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Thank you for this!

RED devices are made by a few outfits, so I'll see what I can use, you're a true "Gran Amigo" (grand friend) Smile

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Never did set up a wired server myself, but if you should be inclined going that way, we have iCats Playground here in DE which is running on a RPi2.

If you wish, I´ll send the address, guest log in is available, but you want macOS / Wired Client 2.5 (50) or better to log in.
My point about writing this is that iCat is a kind person, who will sure find the time helping you setting up the server, if need should be.

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Wired also has the complication that there's the secure Hotline clone called Wired (and Wired 2) on the Mac as well.