|This article does not cite any references or sources. (November 2006)|
A mediated VPN is a virtual private network topology whereby participants connect to a central switchboard server managed typically by a third party in order to create a virtual private network between them, as distinct from a typical VPN arrangement whereby clients of an organisation connect to a VPN concentrator managed by the same organization.
Typically a switchboard server (referred to as a mediator) will manage several VPNs, identifying each individually by authentication credentials (such as username, network name and passwords). The mediator's role is to assign IP addresses to each participant in a VPN, and to encrypt data through the switchboard server in order to keep it secure from other participants in other VPNs.
|This article related to telecommunications is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|