VPN over slow Internet connections

Phil Regnauld regnauld at nsrc.org
Thu Apr 21 17:07:58 UTC 2011

Ben Whorwood (bw-ml) writes:
> Some initial thoughts include...
>   * How well would the connection handle certificate (>= 2048 bit
> key) based authentication?
>   * Is UDP or TCP better considering the speed and possibility of
> packet loss (no figures to hand)?

	I'd go for a UDP tunnel, as you wouldn't have to renegotiate
	a TCP session for the tunnel *and* whatever connection you've
	got going through that.

>   * Is VPN over this type of connection simply a bad idea?

	I don't think it's a particularly bad idea.  But why don't you
	make you own tests using FreeBSD/dummynet, simulating 1-2%
	packet loss, limit bandwidth to 33 Kbit/s, and corresponding
	latency (say 100ms).

	I'd say your biggest concern won't be the VPN (you can make
	it completely stateless with static keys), but whatever protocol
	you've got running on top of that, and how it deals with the

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