Recent Work with a VPN router
Sometimes a small project is not so small. For some reason my Odoo Server does not pass through my Comcast Home system at all well. Solution was to put a dedicated PC into my office... but, I didn't want to just have RDC available for all comers (who sure came fast).
I remembered that I had a VPN equipped router. I won't say the model. Anywy, the company who made it was aquired and the aquiring company, as they are want to do, killed most support links about the router. Turns out there were several other routers that used the same software for access, and yes, I got it too work. Honestly, I think it is just a small step in security, not a big one.
In the end I was able to get the correct VPN client by simply downloading the off of a link to a later, still supported router from the company. The client is no where as nice as OPENVPN for granularity, but it does work.
I also found that "NOIP" (https://noip.com) provides a functional way to address a dynamically assigned IP address. There are a few other ways but this was the most direct and within the budget.
Things are working for now despite the EOL from the router builders new owner.
I had mentioned in the earlier version of this post that it might be interesting to rewirte the firmware to the Router, and get it working as a OPENVPN router. That remains interesting but likely easier to do that with some other hardware and software.
EOL is one of the LEAST SUSTAINABLE parts of IT and I do not like the planned obsolesence which rules the industry.