What is a Knox VPN Processor?

If you’re an avid internet surfer who frequently gets curious about the devices that come in contact with your data as you browse, you may have heard of the term VPN processor.

Also known as a VPN controller or a VPN box, this device is responsible for handling all VPN-related activities on a computer or mobile device (e.g., logging in, checking email, making calls, etc.). The majority of VPN processors are manufactured by Cisco and Pardus, and work via the OpenVPN software protocol. However, many providers offer homegrown alternatives.

In this article, we will discuss the various aspects of a VPN processor so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this type of device is right for your needs.

Key Facts About VPN Controllers

To start, let’s discuss some general facts about VPN processor.

Firstly, a VPN controller is not something that you can purchase off the rack in most online stores. These types of devices are usually sold through speciality stores that specialize in selling computer and networking hardware.

Further, not all VPN controllers are created equal. Some devices may offer superior performance while others may be more suited for specific uses. For instance, the Cisco VPN processor is highly configurable and flexible, but its performance can be slightly sluggish compared to comparable devices from other vendors. 

Finally, depending on what features you need and how you plan on using the device, the price may vary from a few dollars to several hundred dollars. Regardless, purchasing a custom-made device is usually the best option as opposed to purchasing one of the pre-made models.

Features Of A VPN Controller

Many VPN controllers offer the same basic features, but some vendors go above and beyond to provide customers with a wide variety of options. Some of the more prominent features that you may find on a VPN controller are:

  • Customizability: With some vendors, you can actually physically customize the device to the extent that it can be configured to work with different types of VPN protocols and software.
  • Security: All VPN processors are, generally speaking, fairly secure as long as you use a reputable brand. Their level of security usually depends on the model, but all of them offer some level of encryption to protect your data as it flows over the network.
  • Performance: The performance of a VPN controller largely depends on the processing power and storage capacity of the device itself. The faster the CPU and the larger the hard drive, the better the performance will be. This is regardless of whether you’re using a VPN protocol or software.
  • Usability: To end on a positive note, the usability of a VPN controller largely depends on how easy it is to use and set up. Some vendors provide detailed user guides that can help get you up and running in no time flat. Once again, the easier the setup, the better the usability will be.
  • Reliability: Reliability of a VPN controller is mostly determined by how prone it is to malfunctioning and experiencing unexpected shutdowns and errors. Some vendors explicitly guarantee a certain level of uptime, so you can be sure that your crucial business or personal data will not be lost when using their products.
  • Ease Of Use: Another important consideration to make when choosing a VPN controller is how easy it is to use and setup. Some vendors provide detailed instructions that can walk you through the setup process in no time flat. Whether you’re a complete technological novice or have had experience with VPNs before, the easier the setup, the better the ease of use will be.

How Do I Configure A VPN Controller?

One of the great things about some VPN processors is how straightforward and simple they make configuring a VPN connection. Generally speaking, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Select the type of VPN protocol you need (e.g., OpenVPN or IKEv2)
  • Choose your country of choice (e.g., US, United Kingdom, or Japan)
  • Enter your username and password
  • Check the box labeled “Remember this VPN connection” in case you ever want to connect to this VPN again (this will save you the effort of having to manually type in your credentials each time you connect)
  • Click the “Connect” button
  • You’re good to go!

Some vendors may require you to visit their website and download additional software in order to make the device work for your needs. Others may provide limited remote assistance by phone or email. Still other vendors may not offer any type of technical support whatsoever, forcing you to fend for yourself if you experience any type of problem while using their product. This usually results in an unwanted level of technical support calls from frustrated end users.

Why Should I Purchase A Custom-Made VPN Controller?

Having worked with multiple vendors across multiple industries, we can confirm that the majority of the issues that users run into while trying to use VPNs can be attributed to incorrect or misconfigured devices. Without question, the most prolific and frustrating issue that we’ve seen time and time again is weak or non-existent customer support. When you purchase a standard off-the-shelf VPN controller, you’re essentially purchasing limited support from the vendor itself.

Even worse, many vendors do not offer technical support for their products, leaving you to fend for yourself if you experience any type of problem while using their software. If you’re ever in need of technical support, you have no choice but to contact the vendor directly (and potentially pay premium prices for their help).

On the contrary, when you purchase a custom-made VPN controller, you’re purchasing support from one of the most prominent PC manufacturers in the world. Not only do they have a vested interest in ensuring that their products work smoothly, but they also have a team of expert support specialists standing by to help you get up and running in no time flat.

Further, some vendors specialize in providing one-stop-shop options for businesses that need complex and tailored configurations. As the name would suggest, a business VPN controller is a goldmine for businesses that need to secure sensitive data while working from remote locations.

In conclusion, we’d like to reiterate that while VPNs can be handy and necessary in certain scenarios, purchasing a ready-made corporate VPN solution is not without its pitfalls. For the best overall user experience, it’s usually best to opt for a custom-made solution.

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