How to Set Up a Remote VPN

By Techwalla Contributor

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology used to connect two private networks over a public network such as the Internet. Setting up a remote VPN on your home network is easier than you might think. You can configure your home PC to connect remotely to your office network with the VPN client that comes preinstalled with Windows.

Things You'll Need

  • Router on your home network

Step 1

Create a new network connection by navigating to the "Start" menu and selecting the "Control Panel." Then select "Network and Internet" and "Network and Sharing Center." The Network and Sharing Center dialog appears.

Step 2

Select "Set up a new connection or network." The Set Up a Connection or Network dialog appears.

Step 3

Select "Connect to a workplace" and click "Next." The Connect to a Workplace dialog appears.

Step 4

Click "Use my Internet connection (VPN)." A new window appears requesting you to type the Internet address to connect to. Your network administrator can give you this address.

Step 5

Type the Internet address in the appropriate field. If you want to set up the connection but not connect, check the box next to "Don't connect now." Click "Next."

Step 6

Type your user name and password in the appropriate fields. Check the box next to "Remember this password" if you want Windows to remember your password. Click "Create." The connection is created and ready to use.

Step 7

To connect, click on the "Windows network" logo on the lower-right part of your task bar. The Connect VPN Connection dialog appears. Type your user name and password in the appropriate fields. Type the domain if you are assigned a domain. Then click the "Connect" button.

Step 8

If you can't connect, you may not have selected the correct type of VPN. Check with your network administrator to determine what kind of VPN is in use. In the Connect VPN Connection dialog, select "Properties."

Step 9

Select the "Security" tab and select the appropriate type of VPN from the drop-down menu. You may also have to uncheck "Include Windows logon domain" under the "Options" tab. Then click "OK" and "Connect."

Step 10

Click "Finish." Your VPN remote server is now setup. You should see a new "Incoming Connections" object in your Network Connections now.