Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are specially designed to protect your devices from various kinds of security threats. Using a personal Windows VPN, you can browse anonymously on the web without risking your privacy.
For your information, there are countless VPN services and apps available in the market. However, you don’t always need to buy an expensive VPN service especially if you have a large number of devices. Windows OS actually has the feature by default. So get ready to go through our complete guide on how to set up personal Windows VPN and enjoy a safer and more private web experience.
Important Note: While setting up a personal Windows VPN, ensure that you’re assigning a unique IP address to each computer. Assigning similar addresses to two different PCs may cause IP conflicts and your VPN may stop working.
Step-by-step guide to set up personal Windows VPN
Creating an Incoming VPN connection in Windows
The very first step to set up a personal Windows VPN is to create an incoming VPN connection. For this, you’ll need to follow some simple steps mentioned below:
Step 1. First of all, launch Network and Sharing Center on your PC
Step 2. Click on Change adapter settings option
Step 3. Now, press the Alt key to display File menu and then click on File > New Incoming connection
Step 4. In the next step, you’ll be asked to select users whom you want to allow VPN access. Just select them and click Next to proceed further
Note: You can also create custom accounts by clicking on Add someone option.
Step 5. In the next screen, select Through the Internet option and then click Next
Step 6. Now you’ll be asked to choose protocols you want to enable for the VPN connection. Select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks
Step 7. Once you’re done, click on Allow access option
Now, you’ll need to access the properties of the newly created incoming network connection and select IP address range for clients. Here’s how to do so:
Step 1. Double-click on Incoming Connections option on the Network Connections window
Step 2. Now, select the Networking tab and double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) option
Step 3. Select specify IP addresses option and enter a starting and ending IP address of your local subnet
Step 4. Click ok to save changes.
Configure your IP address, dynamic DNS, and router
The next step is to configure your IP address, dynamic DNS, and router details. First of all, you’ll need to configure your router so that you can allow VPN connections to the host from your PC to the Internet. For this:
Step 1. Log into the web-based control panel of your router
Step 2. Go to the Network or DHCP settings to check if you can assign the IP address for the PC or not.
If it does, then proceed with entering the IP details. Otherwise, you’ve to manually assign a static IP to your PC.
Step 3. Save the changes
Note: If your internet connection uses a dynamic IP address, then you need to sign up and configure a dynamic DNS service first.
Create outgoing VPN connections in Windows
Once you’ve configured everything on the server side, you’ll need to configure the VPN clients (computers from which you want to connect your VPN network). Here’s how to do so:
Step 1. Launch Network and sharing center on your PC
Step 2. Click on Set up a new connection or network option
Step 3. On the window that’ll appear in front of you, select Connect to a workplace option and then click Next
Step 4. Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN) option
Step 5. Enter the hostname or IP address into the text field next to Internet Address and something in the field next to VPN Destination name. Click Next to continue
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Step 6. Enter the username and password that you selected when you created the incoming VPN connection and then click Next
Step 7. Click close to save settings and close the window
Note: By default, Windows may assign the connection as a Public Network. You can change the setting by clicking on the Public network link under the connection name and then selecting Work Network.
Limiting VPN traffic
By default, the whole Internet traffic on a VPN client is filtered through the VPN first before being transferred on your data. This looks great when you’re connected to a public network as this will safeguard your details. However, if you’re connected to a trusted network, there is no need to do so. You’ll be just wasting your time and bandwidth. So, we recommend you to limit your VPN traffic. Here’s how to do so:
Step 1. First of all, launch the Network Connections window on your PC
Step 2. Now, right-click on the VPN connection and select Properties
Step 3. Just select the Network tab and double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Step 4. Now, click on the Advanced button and uncheck Use default gateway on remote network
Step 5. Click OK on the dialog boxes to save changes
Connecting to the VPN
After you’ve successfully set up personal Windows VPN, the last step is to connect with it. You can connect to the VPN network by:
- Clicking on the network icon in the system tray and then selecting the VPN connection