How to Use VPN With Wireless Connectivity

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can come in handy if you want to protect your location and identity or when traveling overseas to countries with Internet censorship. A VPN is typically acquired through a service provider, who allows you to download software and access its remote servers. Using a VPN with a wireless connection is generally no different than using it through broadband service.

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Connecting to a VPN via wireless Internet is similar to connecting via broadband.

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Check your Internet Protocol (IP) address at a site such as IPchicken.com.

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Right-click on the “PersonalVPN” icon on your desktop. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, select “Run as Administrator” to proceed. Otherwise, select “Open.” Your graphical user interface (GUI) should open and the icon should be in your desktop tray on the bottom right corner.

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Right-click on the icon and select a gateway to access. Wait for it to connect. If you have a successful connection, move on to Step 4. If it is not connecting, move on to Step 5.

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Check your IP address at IPchicken.com. Your new IP address should be displayed. If your IP address has not changed, move on to Step 5.

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Right-click on the GUI icon and exit the program.

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Go to "Start" and open your Control Panel. Go to “Network and Internet” and open “Network and Sharing Center.” Under “Tasks” on the left side, select “Manage Network Connections.” Your network connections should be displayed in a new window. You should be able to see your wireless connection and TAP-Win32 Adapter, usually displayed under a local area connection.

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Right-click on your wireless connection and select “Properties.” Highlight "Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4)" and click on the “Properties” button. Do not change your Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) when entering new DNS addresses. Only use the IPv4, unless instructed by your VPN service provider.

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Select “Use the following DNS server addresses” on the bottom. Enter your VPN service provider’s Domain System Name (DNS) addresses. Click “OK” and “OK.”

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Begin again at Step 1. If you still cannot connect, contact your VPN service provider.