Site-to-site VPN

Organizations often have numerous locations with a separate local area network (LAN). Even though they work across multiple places geographically, there needs to be a single encrypted connection between them for secure communication.

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What is a Site-to-Site VPN?

Site-to-site virtual private networks (VPNs) are frequently used by companies with multiple offices in different geographic locations that need regular access to the corporate network. They work as secure VPN tunnels between two or more networks, providing safe pathways to exchange private data—away from outside users.

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Benefits of Site-to-Site VPN

Secure connection from any location
Watertight network security

A Site-to-Site encrypts data transferred between users or different locations, safeguarding confidential information and keeping it in trusted hands.

Ease of operations

By enabling a speedy and consistent flow of data traffic, Site-to-Site optimizes network performance and keeps day-to-day operations running smoothly.

Simple, secure, and flexible

Using a simple Site-to-Site VPN network security solution, secure data transfer is available to all organizations—regardless of their size or needs.

Business continuity

By providing secure data transfer between users based on pre-approved authorization, vital resources are accessible to those who need them—without any roadblocks.


How does a Site-to-Site VPN work?

A Site-to-Site VPN work as secure tunnels protecting traffic from outside users—whether the exchanges of data packets are happening across an internal network or externally with trusted third-party organizations.

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Site-to-site VPN sub-types

A Site-to-site VPN can take two different forms, each tailored to how a specific business operates. NordLayer’s adaptable network security solution provides both.

Intranet-based vpn scheme

Intranet-based VPN

With intranet-based VPNs, the individual teams within a company are connected across the internet by sharing the same network. In this case, the whole organization uses the same connection, with no external connections needed.

Extranet-based vpn scheme

Extranet-based VPN

Alternatively, extranet-based VPNs connect different companies over the internet. With numerous secure connections enabled, trusted users outside of the organization can access resources.


Implement Site-to-Site VPN with NordLayer

Getting started with a Site-to-Site VPN is easy with NordLayer. Signing up takes only a few minutes through our simple registration process. Create separate private gateways first—these VPN gateways are entry points into your network. From there, you can add users to each VPN gateway, allowing them to gain access to the corporate network—plus external connections if required.

  1. Register

  2. Create separate private gateways & members

  3. Set up Site-to-Site VPN tunnel

  4. Start using


SASE: A modern solution for connecting remote offices

The shift to cloud computing and remote work saw companies rapidly adopt networking technologies to accommodate safe working—regardless of their employees’ geographical location. Site-to-site VPNs aid businesses whose predominant workforce and IT infrastructure reside on-site. Whereas Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) encompasses numerous solutions - including VPNs - allowing organizations to implement zero-trust network access policies that protect all users on and off-site, including remote workers.

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Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

Secure company data, resources, and all network users with SASE.


Security across your business

NordLayer works by improving security at every layer of the hybrid cloud environment. Comprehensive protection gives organizations the flexibility and confidence to evolve, expand, and modernize safely.


Frequently asked questions

The difference between a Site-to-Site and remote access VPN is simple. Site-to-site VPNs provide a secure VPN connection between two or more Local Area Networks (LANs), often in multiple locations. Remote Access VPNs work simultaneously but connect mobile devices to a remote LAN.