Jul 21, 2010 -- posted by Navin
Being just out of college I realized that one thing I am going to miss is the LAN and how easily everyone was just a net send away. And the main thing the GAMING experience you share with friends is never the same. With everyone being behind a NAT and some even behind proxy servers a direct connection is out of question. But there is still way to play those lan games over the Internet. While I wrote the previous post Lan over internet using Hamachi, this one uses wippien
There is a very sleek solution in form of VPN (Virtual Private Network) over the Internet which gives you alternate IP’s for your private LAN and you can now do anything you want just like it was a real LAN. Wippien is a P2P based VPN application so you do not have to worry about delays or speed limitations due to routing all the traffic via a central server. While Hamachi is a server based VPN.
Installation of Wippien is very simple just visit the site to download the small < 2 Mb file and it will guide you along to creating your own VPN network. Once setup you can use your Wippien IP as in you were directly connected in a LAN and begin to play games online or to use other services such as remote desktop or windows file sharing.
Wippien uses the Jabber protocol to connect you to your friends. I would recommend creating a new account rather than using your existing jabber account for convenience sake.
To connect to a LAN/network from a computer over Internet, firstly you will need to setup a VPN between one on the network to the computer outside, Wippien will do this for you. Now to be able to communicate/connect with the other computers on the network you will have to use the internal computer connected to you via Wippien as a proxy. To set up a proxy on the computer you can use tools like ccproxy, winproxy, or if you just want to communicate/ connect on a particular service you can simply use port forwarding.
Also VPN can be used by two or more users to connect directly when they don’t have an Internet IP, it can be used to play LAN games, file sharing netmeeting and various other services that require direct connection.
Wippien is available for both windows and Linux environments and what’s more its open source for those who want to try something extra.