Discovering IPsec modes
IPsec can actually operate in two different modes: IPsec tunnel mode and IPsec transport mode. Deciding which IPsec mode to use depends dramatically on your network topology and the purpose of your VPN.
To help explain these modes and their applications, we will provide a few examples in the following articles:
- Part 1: IPsec tunnel mode
- Part 2: IPsec transport mode
- Part 3: Implementing IPsec to protect your VPN data
- Part 4: GRE IPsec tunnel and transport mode overhead
About the author: Chris Partsenidis is the founder and senior editor of www.Firewall.cx -- one of the few websites Cisco Systems recommends in its world class Cisco Academy program. Firewall.cx is also the only official Cisco Press reviewer in the world. He has a degree in electrical technology and holds the following certifications: CNA for Netware 3, 4 and 5; Cisco's CCNA; Microsoft's MCP; DCE (D-link Certified Engineer); LCP (Linux Certified Professional); Network+; A+; Symantec STS; SSE; SSE+ and Hellas-Sat Certified Engineer.
This was first published in June 2012