TNSR High-Performance VPN Concentrator vs. VyOS Universal Router on AWS
TNSR® High-Performance VPN Concentrator offers routed site-to-site and remote access VPNs via IPsec or WireGuard® with no hidden fees.
The product provides versatile management with a command line interface (CLI), RESTCONF API, and GUI, as well as advanced monitoring and troubleshooting with SNMP, Prometheus Exporter, and IPFIX Exporter. Standardized BGP, OSPF, and RIP routing protocols are also available. See features here.
VyOS® Universal Router is a software router that can be deployed on AWS and Azure, as well as other platforms. Like TNSR High-Performance VPN Concentrator, it can be used as a cloud VPN gateway.
Price Per Year on T3.large Instance Type*
- TNSR High-Performance VPN Concentrator: $1,576
- VyOS Universal Router: $1,200
*Does not include AWS infrastructure costs.
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Ease of Use
TNSR software documentation is comprehensive and well-structured. From installation to advanced configuration, it covers a wide range of topics and includes examples to aid understanding.
The documentation for VyOS Universal Router is sparse. This can lead to a frustrating experience if users can't find what they need.
The process for getting started with TNSR software on AWS is straightforward. To get started, launch an instance of TNSR High-Performance VPN Concentrator from the AWS Marketplace. Access the instance via SSH for configuration, and follow a step-by-step configuration recipe. Terraform and CloudFormation can be used to integrate TNSR software into CI/CD DevOps pipelines, and templates are coming soon to further simplify the installation process.
Setting up VyOS Universal Router also starts by launching an instance of the product from the AWS Marketplace. Configuration of the product as a VPN concentrator on AWS is difficult because of the thin documentation and lack of official CloudFormation or Terraform templates for this use case. Users must be knowledgeable of VyOS software and AWS environment for successful installation.
There are multiple ways to manage TNSR software, including Command Line Interface (CLI), RESTCONF API, and Graphical User Interface (GUI).
TNSR software configuration through both CLI and RESTCONF API enables the product to be managed by IT automation platforms like Ansible®, SaltStack®, Puppet®, or Chef™.
TNSR software supports WireGuard and IPsec (Site-to-Site and Mobile) VPN protocols.
VyOS Universal Router supports IPsec, WireGuard, and OpenVPN VPN protocols.
Logging and Monitoring
There is currently no direct integration with Amazon CloudWatch, but virtual machine information like CPU, MEM, and BW is available.
Like TNSR software, VyOS Universal Router supports SNMP, SPAN / ERSPAN, Prometheus Exporter, and IPFIX Exporter for monitoring, as well as DHCP logging. Additionally, the product includes an amazon-cloudwatch-agent package to make it easy to monitor VyOS instances on AWS using Amazon CloudWatch.
Security Add Ons
TNSR supports Layer 2, Layer 3, and Layer 4 Access Control Lists (ACLs), scalable to over 100,000 rules. The product does not have other firewall features.
In TNSR, user authentication is done using either passwords or user keys.