How to Set Up VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) provide you with a means to connect to private networks from wherever you are so long as you have Internet access. Corporations find many benefits for using VPNs, and individuals also find just as many benefits. When one intends to set up a VPN, it is usually to access files and printers on home networks even while being elsewhere. VPNs also encrypt any data that they transfer, which means that information is protected when it is sent via VPN. One can learn on one’s own, in fact, how to connect to an existing VPN, set up a brand new VPN server, or connect to VPNs via Android and iOS devices.

Create a VPN Server in Windows OS

The first thing to do when setting up a VPN server on a Windows operating system is to configure your router. To do this, you essentially open a port from your router that points to the VPN host computer’s IP address. This is when you enter your router’s IP address into the address bar of your web browser. For reference, this is likely to be a series of digits kin to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.1.1. You may have to look to your router’s documentation for clarification.

Afterward, navigate to the port forwarding section. This is how you’ll label virtual servers. Then, create a forwarding entry for a new port and establish the external port as a random series of numbers like 25432. The internal port then needs to be set to 1723. Forward it to the port for the IP address of the computer operating the VPN server.

Next, you open the Network Connections window, click Alt to pull up the menu bar, and decide which users can connect to the VPN. Be sure to click “Through the Internet” before deciding whether or not you want files shared. Then, simply copy your computer name and check your VPN connection.

Create a VPN Server with Third-Party Programs

In this regard, you must first find a VPN program that meets your preferences. There are loads of available programs to be found online for setting up a VPN. Most of them are paid services like ExpressVPN or HideMyAss.Com, but there are others that offer free alternatives for beginners and so-called “noobs” like OpenVPN. If you prefer the free alternative, you’re usually limited to few connections for your VPN to the tune of four or five, but that should suffice for the average personal user. If you’re using Mac OS X, iVPN and Hamachi are recommended.

Install the program, and in order for it to effectively establish your private network, you’ll need to configure the server on a computer that’s usually connected at all times. Running Hamachi, for example, requires you to click the blue power button when you start the program, and the computer should stay on. Then, go to the Network menu and select “create a new network.” Name your network and make a strong password.

All that remains is to install the program onto the machines you want to connect to the VPN. On a computer you want to connect, just open the program, go to Network menu, and click “Join an existing network.”

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