How to Setup a Remote VPN Connection for a Home Computer

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How to Setup a Remote VPN Connection for a Home Computer
Configure VPN for Windows 7 computers. (link on a keyboard image by Florin Capilnean from Fotolia.com)

VPN technology enables computer users to connect to other computers over the Internet securely by creating an encrypted tunnel through which data is sent and received. Microsoft Windows 7 includes the capability to configure a VPN connection as part of the operating system. A VPN connection can be configured by following a short procedure.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Windows 7 client computer
  • Microsoft Windows 7 home computer
  • IP address of the home computer
  • Internet side IP address of the router/firewall protecting the home computer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Configure the router/firewall that is protecting your home computer to forward TCP port 1723 to the IP address of the home computer, and to passthrough "GRE" or "PPTP."

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button, and then type "ncpa.cpl" and press the "Enter" key. The "Network Connections" window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click the "File" menu and then click "New Incoming Connection...". In the "Allow Connections To This Computer" window, click the checkbox beside each user account that you wish to have remote VPN access to the home computer. Click the "Next" button.

  4. 4

    Click the "Through the Internet" checkbox. Double-click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)," and the "Incoming IP Properties" window will appear.

  5. 5

    Click to select the "Allow Callers to Access My Local Area Network" checkbox and select the "Assign IP Addresses Automatically Using DHCP" radio button. Press the "Enter" key.

  6. 6

    Click the "Allow Access" button in the "Allow Connections To This Computer" window.

  7. 7

    Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel." Select "Windows Firewall," and the "Windows Firewall" window will appear.

  8. 8

    Click the "Exceptions" tab; click the "Add Port" button; and in the "Add a Port" window, type "VPN PPTP" in the "Name" field. Type "1723" in the "Port number" field, then select the "TCP" radio button and click the "OK" button. Click the "OK" button in the "Windows Firewall" window to save the setting.

  9. 9

    Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 client computer, then click "Control Panel." Then click "Network and Sharing Center."

  10. 10

    Click the "Setup a New Connection or Network" link, and then select "Connect to a Workplace." Click the "Next" button. Then select "Use my Internet Connection (VPN)" and click the "Next" button.

  11. 11

    Type the Internet IP address of the router/firewall that protects the home computer in the "Internet address" field, and then type the host name of the home computer in the "Destination name" field. Click the "Next" button.

  12. 12

    Type the name of an account that has permissions to VPN connect to the home computer in the "User Name" field, and then type the password for the account in the "Password" field. Click the "Connect" button to connect to the home computer using the newly configured VPN connection.

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