It's like a LAN, only slower and more useless
So... VPN eh? Really, I know I've been saying it for a while, but I'd like to actually set up an actual VPN. For REAL!!! From what I can see, the only people with significant networks in their houses are me and Michael. Everyone else seems to be direct connect to the internet. However, I don't want all tunnelled traffic (it's going to be a tunelled connection) to go through my machine, and I'm sure Michael doesn't want tunneled traffic going through his.
So far, the only thing I can think of is to have a completely connected network (ie: everyone is connected to everyone else, individually). When you log on, you connect, that's that. Everyone has their own subnet, and whatever you're using on your network to do VPN will route traffic to individual subnets. This means we can get upto 253 friends (or 3 unfriendly ones) connected. For people with individual machines, this just means you have a local IP, you don't have to do any routing or anything. For me and Michael, it means we either shell out thousands for VPN routers, or use our machines as makeshift routers, or (most likely) we'll just have ourselves connected, and not the rest of the subnet.
If anyone's got any better ideas, please tell me. In the meantime I'll try and set something up and put up a tut.