How to Access My Home Computer Using VPN

By Suvro Banerji

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is often used to access your home computer from a remote location. This technology is called "Remote Access." VPN provides encryption to this technology. It protects you from potential intruders, hackers or spammers, while you are connected to your home computer from another computer in another location. You will require administrative rights to access your computer using VPN.

Step 1

Click the Start menu on your home computer and choose "Control Panel." Click "Network and Internet," followed by "Network and Sharing Center."

Step 2

Click the "Manage network connections" link in the left pane.

Step 3

Click the link that says "New incoming connection."

Step 4

Check the check-box for each user on the home computer that will be authorized for VPN access. Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 5

Check the "Through the Internet" check-box. Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 6

Click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)."

Step 7

Check the "Allow callers to access my local network" check-box.

Step 8

Choose the option that says "Assign IP addresses automatically using DHCP." Click "OK."

Step 9

Click the "Start" button on the remote computer. Choose "Control Panel." Click "Network and Internet." Click the "Connect to a network" link in the "Network and Sharing Center" section.

Step 10

Click the link: "Set up a connection or network."

Step 11

Choose the option: "Connect to a workplace." Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 12

Choose "Use my Internet connection (VPN)."

Step 13

Enter "Internet Address" (IP address) of your home computer that you want to access from the remote computer.

Step 14

Type a name for the VPN connection in the "Destination name" field.

Step 15

Check the "Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later" check-box. Click "Next."

Step 16

Type your user name and password when prompted. Click "Create."

Step 17

Click "Connect now" to start accessing your home computer through the established VPN connection.