2 iDevices/iPads through the internet

Discussion in 'iPAD Connect' started by zmatique, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. zmatique

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    I just moved away from my best friend, and i was wondering if there was a way, jailbroken or now, that we could continue to play our games through our typical home network connection, and play through some type of connection we can set up on the internet. It seems like a naive thought, but possible do-able thought a VPN or something
     
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    Never tried this with iPads, but I suspect you are on the right track.

    I would set up the VPN with no security to maximize the data speed. The only time I successfully set up a VPN, it was slower than dial up, because of the necessary encryption.

    If you do it, do yourself a favor and use identical routers. If you are learning how to set up a VPN at the same time as doing it, it makes it a whole lot easier. I struggled for hours to get the thing working and then gave up and bought another router to match the other two in the network. It worked quite well after that.
     
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    I have no idea how VPNs work, but I appreciate the reply, one problem is though is I don't have access to the other router or anything, so I mean, idk if I would need to, but if this works, this would be amazing! Would I NEED to encrypt our connection?
     
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    Not necessarily. The VPN I rigged up was encrypted because it was a corporate network, but the option exist to set it up as an unencrypted link. If the only data you are sharing is your game data, I seriously doubt it would be an issue.

    I don't have sufficient experience to walk you through this, but I think we have members who have the requisite knowledge.
     
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    Hmm, ok. Do you have any references or do you think this is something I could Google and figure out over night?
     
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    I doubt you can set up a tunnel from an ipad to another one. You will have to do it from another device: it could be the router or a linux/windows pc. I already make such configuration without any issue using ipsec betwenn two pc (with encryption) to play some games and it was working perfectly. The solution you have are:
    - using two pc
    Set up a tunnel yourself using some tools ( google is your best friend)
    Use an external provider like logmein with their hamachi tools and service

    - using only one pc on one end and have the ipad connecting on it
    Eg running a ssl tunnel server on the pc (google is your best friend again)


    I use the latest techique to have my ipad always connected on my home network wherever I am, which allows me to bypass any local firewall restrictions.

    Hope this hel
     
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    I used the onscreen tutorial that came with the router, but I suppose there is nothing wrong with trying Google out to figure out how it works.

    Essentially, you are attempting to set up a LAN, but over a distance. Assuming you use the standard IP addressing for such a network, both nodes will share the first two numbers, which are 192.168. The third number is where it gets interesting. One part of your network will have one number (10?) and the other part will have different number (20?). This will differentiate devices on the two halves. Devices on the network will be differentiated by the last number, anything from 0 to 255. Obviously, you can add more nodes, using changes in the third number.

    Your routers will find each other using your external IP address, which needs to be static.

    This is where memory fails me. You'll be delving into all sorts of protocols and concepts, most of which I barely understood, even while I was playing around with networks. Good luck and let us know how you get on. Even if you can't get it working properly, keep us updated so we can brainstorm this and try to help.
     
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    I'm visualizing this network as having PCs connected to both subnets, and both iPads as wirelessly connected to each subnet, not directly connected to the VPN.

    When I get home this weekend, I'll dig out my Network+ book and see if I can make a stab at understanding this better. It's like a lot of things. If you can understand the data flow, you stand more chance of getting it to work.
     
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    KevinJS,

    It is not that complex...If you cannot make it just post a note....just a small tip: do not forget to change the default gateway of your iPad and make it pointing to your VPN box.
     
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    Thanks. I have access to a couple of networks, so I'll try to set up a VPN between them. If I'm successful, I'll post the procedures back here. I like a challenge, so let's see how this goes.
     

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