How to create a VPN tunnel for a home network?
A VPN, or virtual private network, is a service that connects your home network to the internet. This is often done through a public connection and can be used for various purposes, such as connecting to work networks remotely and securing your data when using public Wi-Fi. In this article, we will go over how to create a VPN tunnel for your home network!
How to create a free VPN tunnel for your home network?
- The first step to creating a VPN tunnel for your network is by picking the right software. A popular option that we recommend is OpenVPN.
- After you have installed and set up this program on one of your computers in the home network (and making sure it has an internet connection), you will need to configure it with some information.
- First, you should go to the client area of your VPN service and download OpenVPN configuration files for each device in your home network that will be connecting to this server (This includes laptops, smartphones, tablets etc.).
- After downloading these files on each device, connect them to the internet by sharing your computer’s WiFi connection or hotspot with them.
- Once these devices are connected to the internet, open their OpenVPN configuration files and fill in all of the required information that you have received from your VPN service provider.
- Finally, all you have to do is restart the OpenVPN client on your device and connect to the VPN server. That’s it! You are now securely connected to your home network through a VPN tunnel!
How to create a VPN tunnel for your home network using pritunl?
You can use Pritunl to create a VPN tunnel in minutes. Once you have it installed, follow the steps below:
- Login to your server with SSH and type ‘pritunl’ (no quotes) at the prompt. This will open up the Pritunl console page where you can then type “create client home”
- The console will ask you to provide a name for the client, type in whatever you would like.
- After that is complete it will generate a .ovpn file and display a download link where you can view or copy this information. If asked whether or not to remember your password, choose yes.
- Now you will be prompted to download a new .ovpn file, named “client.ovpn” that will automatically open up in your favorite text editor once it is complete downloading.
- Then go to your Pritunl server and click on the “Servers” tab.
- Click on the switch next to ‘Enable OpenVPN Server” so that it now says “Disable OpenVPN Server”. This will disable any active connections, allowing you access back into the ovpn file directory. Once you have done that click on the “VPN Clients” tab located above.
- Once inside click on “Add Client” and choose ovpn file we just created from the directory you downloaded it to earlier.
- Now go back to your computer and open up either Network Manager or Openvpn depending on which one is installed on your system. From the client list choose “home” and you will be prompted for your username and password.
- And that is it! You should now have an active VPN connection running on both ends!
Why would you create a VPN tunnel?
There are many reasons to create a VPN tunnel for your home network. These include:
- Security: Many public Wi-Fi connections, such as those in restaurants and coffee shops, can be very insecure and leave you at risk of being hacked while browsing the internet on these networks. A VPN would encrypt all of your data while simultaneously providing anonymity.
- Internet Freedom: Many countries have strict internet censorship laws that prevent people from accessing certain websites, such as social media platforms and news sites. By using a VPN tunnel you can get around these restrictions to access anything on the internet!
- Location Anonymity: If you are using a public hotspot that does not use the same IP address as your home network, then it can be difficult to access certain websites or services. By creating a VPN tunnel between these different networks all of this becomes possible!
Does Windows 10 have a built-in VPN and how to create it?
Yes! Windows has a VPN server that can be used to connect this device with others using OpenVPN. In order to use the built-in version, you must first download and install “Server 2012 Routing & Remote Access” from Microsoft’s website. Once installed click on “Network” in your start menu and select “Change Adapter Settings”. You should see a new network adapter called “TAP-Windows Adapter V” right at the top of the list!
Right-click on this and then select “Properties”, go to IPv four type in an IP address that is outside your local subnet, such as 192.168.0.100 for example.
Then go back to the TAP-Windows adapter and click on “Properties” again, this time clicking on “Security”. Then choose “TLS” as your tunneling protocol and check off the box that says: “Allow these protocols”.
Next, click on “Advanced Settings” and select ‘TLS Authentication’ as the authentication method to use with your VPN server. Then choose “SHA-256” as your preferred cryptographic hash function and click “Ok”.
Back in the properties menu, go to IPv four and select “Internet Protocol Version Four (TCP/IPv04)” as your preferred protocol type for this adapter. Then choose Using DHCP under IPV six settings instead of static address configuration. Finally, check off “Send all traffic over VPN connection” and “Allow other people to control or disable the VPN connection”
Finally, go back to “Network” in your start menu, click on the network icon at the bottom right of your screen and choose networking preferences. On this screen, you’ll want to select “VPN” as the type of connection that is visible here.
Choose “Add VPN Connection” from this list then select “Import a saved VPN configuration”.
Now choose “OpenVPN (TAP-Windows Adapter V)” from the list and click “Create”. Next, you will be prompted to enter your username and password for this connection, as well as a preferred server location if needed. Once you’ve done all of that simply hit okay! You should now have a working VPN connection!
What is the best protocol to use with my new VPN?
This depends on what you are using your VPN for. If you just wish to encrypt all of your data while browsing, then OpenVPN would be ideal since it uses 256-bit encryption which is the strongest currently available.
If however, you wish to access certain websites that are blocked in your country, then using L²TP/IPsec would be best since it has the highest level of compatibility with most firewalls.
If you’re looking for a combination of these two things then OpenVPN UDP is probably going to be your best choice as this uses higher encryption and also allows for higher speeds.
In this article, we have explained different methods of creating a VPN tunnel for your home network. We have also covered the advantages of using VPN, how to choose a protocol for your connection and what is the best way to secure it.