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What is an IP VPN?

A VPN is a network of computers connected to each other virtually and using another network, such as the Internet, to carry the data.

A VPN is a network of computers connected to each other virtually and using another network, such as the Internet, to carry the data. Privacy exists because, even though the data might be carried over a public network, only those devices which are allowed to connect to the VPN can see other devices on the VPN.

A user must be authenticated using a unique identification and a password. An authentication token is often used to gain access to a private network through a personal identification number (PIN) that a user must enter.

A VPN is a cost-effective method for building a private network and cheaper than a traditional WAN. VPN's are easy to install and manage and it's a straightforward process to add and change users.

If an organisation is seeking Quality of Service (QoS) then other solutions are usually better than VPN's.