Both Site to Site VPN and Remote Access VPN are the type of virtual private networks used primarily for data transfer and access the machine from one location to another location under a secure network which act as a private network across the machines. Now on the basis of characteristics of both these VPNs we can distinguish between both of them.
Following are the important differences between Site to Site VPN and Remote Access VPN.
|Sr. No.||Key||Site to Site VPN||Remote Access VPN|
|1||Definition||Site to Site VPN is the type of VPN in which entire network of multiple location gets connected under a secure shared gateway so that the data sent and received with authentication.||On other hand Remote Access VPN is the VPN in which the multiple resources from different locations get connected with single private network using various VPN client software and gateways.|
|2||Network SetUp||As mentioned in the above point, in Site to Site, only the network of locations get connected via a secure tunnel and hence no need of network setup for each end client user to access the target network.||On other hand in case of Remote Access VPN each end client need to set up the network which is required to get connected with the secure target network.|
|3||Implementation||Site to Site VPN get implemented using IPsec technology only.||On other hand Remote access VPN supports SSL and IPsec technology both.|
|4||Performance||Performance wise, Site to Site VPN is better as it allows multiple user/VLANs traffic to flow through each VPN tunnel.||However on other hand in case of Remote Access VPN multiple user/VLANs traffic to flow through each VPN tunnel which results in comparatively degraded performance.|
|5||Target User||Site to Site VPN get widely used in Office LAN users of branch offices that need to connect to servers in head-quarters.||However on other hand Remote Access VPN is used for Roaming users who want to access resources/servers securely.|