How to Use VPN With Wireless Connectivity

By Dane Gregos

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.

Things You'll Need

  • VPN service provider's DNS addresses

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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."

Step 9

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

Tips & Warnings

  • When downloading the VPN software, turn off your antivirus program. Antivirus programs can occasionally interfere with the VPN download process. Turn it back on when the download and installation process is complete.
  • Using your VPN service provider's DNS addresses can help circumvent government censorship that may be blocking your access to the Internet. It can also fix problems with wireless connectivity issues.
  • If you do not see a TAP-Win32 Adapter when you open your network connections, then it did not download when installing your VPN software. You must have a TAP-Win32 adapter when using a VPN. You need to reinstall and make sure you do not have any antivirus programs running during the download and installation process.
  • Some countries, such as China, still use point-to-point power over Ethernet (PPPoE) connections. You can tell you are using a PPPoE connection when you must sign in with a user name and password to access your wireless connection. A VPN is often difficult to use with PPPoE connections. Contact your VPN service provider for help with PPPoE Internet connections if you are still struggling to access your VPN.