Astaro Corp. (, a unified threat management provider, says iPad users can securely connect to their business or home networks using the VPN functionality of the Astaro Security Gateway. This feature is included in the professional edition as well as in the Essential Firewall and Home Use edition that are both available for free.

The Astaro Security Gateway supports PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec VPN connections, allowing to establish secure tunnels with the iPad. Employees at companies using the Astaro Security Gateway can connect their iPad to their company’s network without having to purchase any new applications or networking equipment, says Gert Hansen, vice president, Product Management, Astaro.

Additionally, private users can connect their iPad to their home networks using Home Use edition of the Astaro Security Gateway which is a full version of the Astaro Security Gateway available for free for all home users. So, iPad users aren’t forced to purchase additional products in order to get the most out of their initial investment in the iPad, says Hansen. Setting up the VPN connection is very easy, so no extensive technical knowledge is required, he adds.