How to setup a VPN server from home

A VPN or Virtual Private Networking is considered by many computer experts as an extremely secured type of connection. It exists on private networks that are linked through an active Internet connection. Using this technology, a remote computer system can log into the network as though it was physically present and connected to the Local Area Network.

Some of the distinct advantages includes the ability to access company networked computers from the comfort of your home. It is also highly unlikely that anyone can interfere or tap into the data being transmitted on a VPN tunnel. It allows you to connect to virtually any computer network around the world provided that it is properly setup and an active Internet connection is present. This type of network connection was previously reserved for corporate networks. However, the increasing functionality of newer operating system platforms allows for this type of connection to be deployed even in home computing networks. To implement a VPN for your home network:

Step 1: Click the Start button and open the Control Panel window.

Step 2: Select the Network and Internet Options category and choose the Network and Sharing Center option.

Step 3: Choose the Change Adapter Settings. From the File menu select the New Incoming Connection command.

Step 4: In the ensuing window, select the users that you would want to give remote access privilege. Simply put a check mark on the appropriate box and click Next when done.

Step 5: Select the option to Connect through the Internet and click the Next button. Leave the default settings in the next window and click on the Allow Access button.

Step 6: Click the Close button to save the newly created network settings and close the open dialog windows. A new icon is created in the Incoming Connections window.

Step 7: Click the Start button, choose the Run command. Type the CMD command to open the command prompt window.

Step 8: In the command prompt window type the command IPCONFIG. Take note of the value associated with the IP Address.

Step 9: Launch your Web browser. Type the IP Address in the address bar of the browser window.

Step 10: Type in your login credentials for the network router. Refer to your router documentation to correctly setup Port Forwarding. This feature may differ depending on the brand of router used by the network environment.

Step 11: Open the Control Panel window and get into the Network and Sharing Center by clicking on the Network and Internet options.

Step 12: Choose the Setup a New Connection or Network category. The Connect to a Workplace option should be selected.

Step 13: Verify that the option Use my Internet Connection is selected. In the next window enter the VPN server address for your network. This is the IP Address you got from the IPCONFIG command earlier.

Step 14: Click Next to input your login credentials. These are the same credentials you use when you log into your computer’s user account locally. Click Connect button to initiate network connection. This completes the setup process for your VPN.

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