VPN for Windows – VPN is explicitly available for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, & windows. It is one of the secure methods to access the resources of a private network remotely. With the VPN you can access the intranet of your company remotely, you can access the file servers, and printers of your company. VPN will create a private network for you over the top of the public network (internet).
Nowadays, for IT Securities, most of the companies are using a Virtual Private Network to expand their intranet. It allows the users to access their company’s desktop as they are directly accessing the network of their company.
Revolution in technology brings significant reforms in operating systems as well. Many OS, including Windows 10, has an option named “Incoming Connection.” This feature allows the users to configure their VPN server that enables the users to connect to the network and enables users to use the files and other peripheral devices.
Today, in this comprehensive article about How to Setup VPN Server on Windows 10 PC without an extra layer of utility software to set up a remote connection to the home PC having Windows 10 Operating System.
The Process to find Public IP Address
Before starting the “How to Set up VPN Server for Windows 10” process, it is most important to find out the answer to the question. “What is your Public IP Address.” Public IP is the Internet Service Provider assigns the IP address. You may ask, “Why do you need a Public IP address?”
It is the public IP address of the user that allows you to contact Windows 10 PC or server remotely.
To know your public IP address all, you need to access your Internet web browser, either Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You can use either google.com, bing, or other search engines & search for “What is my IP.” You will see your Public IP address in the first result.
If you are trying to set up the VPN server for your home PC, then you must have IP address through policies of DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). That means your IP address will change after some particular time. So, you need to set up and configure Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) in your home router.
Follow the steps mentioned below to configure DDNS in your router.
Guide to Configure Port Forwarding
If you want to connect to your home Virtual private network server through public internet, all you need to configure the forward port 1723 PPTP to enable the Virtual Private Network connections.
Steps to Configure VPN Server on Windows 10
When you are done with the configuration of Dynamic Domain Name System and port forwarding 1723, now we are heading towards the VPN Server configuration on Windows 10.
Follow the below-mentioned steps one by one to configure VPN Server successfully.
- From the start menu of the Windows access Control Panel.
- Go to the “Network & Sharing Center” from the control panel.
- From the left side menu, you need to click on the link “Change Adapter Settings.”
- Now click on the “Network connections” & press “ALT” to launch the file menu & here you need to click on “New Incoming Connection.”
- Now you need to check the employees who want to access that PC remotely & once you are done, click on Next Button.
- Now you need to check the options available with the public network Internet.
- Click on the Next button.
- At the Networking page, you need to select the IP V4 option.
- Then navigate to the Network properties button & click it.
- Now you need to check mark & allow the caller to access.
- Now at “IP Address Assignment,” all you need is the proper & appropriate assignment of IP addresses. Not only this, but you also need to notify the number of VPN users to allow the VPN connection you just created for remote access.
Note: you can quickly achieve this by specifying an appropriate range of IPV4 addresses. The highly recommended practice is to use the high order range of IPV4 addresses to avoid IP confliction in the overall network.
Check IP Ranges from DHCP Settings
You can easily find the range of IP addresses. All you need to navigate to the settings page of your router & look at the settings of DHCP.
- Click the OK button to apply settings.
- Allow Access.
- Finally, close the configuration of VPN for windows 10.
Note: once you have done with the configuration of VPN Server for Windows 10, you will find it will not work. Here it is the time to set up or configure the Windows firewall that allows the VPN Connections to this PC.
Now you need to configure the firewall to allow the VPN connections.
Firewall Configuration for VPN Server Windows 10
Once you are done with the configuration of the Windows 10 VPN server, it will automatically allow the designated ports for Windows Firewall. But still, you need to ensure all necessary setups and configurations.
Follow the following steps for Windows 10 Firewall configuration.
- Go to the Start Menu of Windows 10.
- Type there “Allow an App Via Firewalls,” all you need to click on the relevant results.
- Here you need to click on the button “Change Settings.”
- Make sure you have checked the checkbox that allows “Remote & Routing Access is allowed on Private & Public.”
- Finally, click on the OK Button.
How to set up a VPN connection on Windows 10
Once you are done with the configuration and addition of the Virtual Private Network connection on personal home PC, all you need is to look at the following settings.
- Navigate to the Windows control panel.
- From the Control panel, go to the “Networks & Sharing.”
- Here you need to click on the Change Network Adapter Settings.
- Proceed with the right click on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) adapter & then click on the properties.
- Under the general tab of the VPN adapter, you must ensure that you are using the same domain name that you use during the configuration of Dynamic Domain Name System.
- Then you need to cross-check the Public IP Address you enter.
- After that, navigate to the Security tab.
- You must make sure you are using PPTP as a type of Virtual Private Network.
- For the VPN encryption-decryption mechanism, you need to select the Maximum Strength Mechanism of Encryption.
- Now navigate to the tab “Networking.”
- Make sure you have unchecked the IPV6.
- Make sure you have checked the IPV4.
- Now navigate to the properties & then to the advanced button.
- Now here you have to clear the usage of the default gateway.
- Finally, click on the OK & then two times more OK again.
- Now open settings.
- Go to the Network & Internet.
- Finally, click on the VPN.
- Here you need to select the option of VPN Connection & then at last click connect button to enjoy VPN connection.
Undoubtedly, there are several ways to the VPN solutions that allow remote users to enjoy the private Network of a company over the public Network VPN. With this, you can easily set up your VPN for Windows 10.