How to Turn a Home Desktop Into a VPN Server

By Dave Wilson

VPN technology enables users to connect to their home or office network from a remote location over a secure connection that is protected from eavesdropping. Microsoft Windows computers feature both VPN server and VPN client software designed to ease the configuration of a remote access VPN connection, enabling anytime, anywhere access to a private network over the Internet. Configure a Windows 7 desktop computer to provide remote access VPN service to your home network.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop computer PC desktop, and then click the "Search" box. Enter "ncpa.cpl" into the "Search" box and press the "Enter" key. In the "Network Connections" window that appears, choose the "File" menu, and then click "New Incoming Connection." The "Allow Connections to This Computer" window will display.

Step 2

Click the check box next to each user account displayed that you wish to grant access to connect and use the VPN connection. Click the "Next" button.

Step 3

Click the "Through the Internet" box and then click the "Next" button. Choose the default settings list of protocols displayed by clicking the "Allow Access" button.

Step 4

Click the "Allow callers to access my local area network" box, click the "Assign IP addresses automatically using DHCP" radio button and then click the "OK" button. Click the "Close" button. The computer is now configured to receive VPN connections from Windows client computers.