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Freelan is VPN software that provides a virtual LAN that connects computers anywhere in the world as if they were on the same network switch. Many of the VPN options previously covered in the Scout Report (for example, Psiphon in the 02-16-2018 issue, ProtonVPN in the 08-17-2018 issue, and TunnelBear in the 03-11-2016 issue) act as encrypted proxies that hide users' network traffic and make their computers appear to be located somewhere that they are not. However, these VPNs do not allow multiple machines connected to the service to talk to each other. In contrast, computers connected to a Freelan network can see and talk to each other. So with Freelan, geographically disparate machines can play LAN-only games, access shared drives (for example, from a NAS device), access network printers, access home automation devices, and perform any other network tasks as if they were all in the same location. A number of configuration examples are provided on the Freelan front page that demonstrate the different modes in which the software can operate. The Downloads page provides installers for Windows and macOS desktops. Users of Linux and BSD systems can find Freelan in their package repositories.
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October 2nd, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
September 22nd, 2020 at 4:02pm
Date Of Record Release
September 29th, 2020 at 1:36pm
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