How to set up VPN in Windows 10

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VPN the secure way to access data between office

You can set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in Windows 10 either from the Control Panel or from the Settings window. The latter method is easier on tablets and PCs both, so we will talk about this method in the post. You will require the following information before setting up a VPN connection on Windows 10:

  1. VPN server name or address
  2. VPN protocol (normally it is PPTP but may differ in some cases)
  3. Username and password to connect to the VPN server
  4. If a particular connection name has to be used or can you use any connection name for the VPN you are configuring
  5. If the VPN requires proxy settings to be entered manually; if yes, details of IP and port number for proxy

Set up VPN connection in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start button and in the Start menu, click on Settings. Click Network and Internet as shown in the image below
    Network Internet
  2. You will find many options on the left pane. The right pane has settings related to what you select in the left pane. Click on VPN in the left pane to see the related settings.
    Add VPN
  3. Click on the ‘+’ icon that says Add a VPN connection. You will be presented with a screen as shown below.
    Add VPN
  4. Under VPN Provider, select Windows Default.
  5. Under Connection Name, give the VPN connection a name. If you intend to use more than one VPN networks, make sure you give them proper names so that you can identify them while connecting. Some VPN providers need a particular VPN name to be given such as the Strong VPN. When collecting information about their server ID, ask the service provider if you need a specific VPN connection name.
  6. Under the Server Name or Address, enter the IP address you got from the VPN service provider. You cannot set up the VPN connection in Windows 10 without the URL or IP address of VPN server.
  7. Under VPN type, select PPTP as it is the most commonly used protocols for VPNs. If you are skeptical or if the VPN connection does not work after setting it up, go back and change it to Automatic so that Windows 10 can detect the protocol for you
  8. If you wish to connect to VPN without having to enter your user ID and password every time you wish to go to the VPN, enter them here. Scroll down a bit and tick the box saying Remember my sign in information. Click Save and then the back button to return to the previous Add VPN page. You will now see the new VPN connection under the ADD VPN button
  9. You are now all set to connect to the VPN. When you click on the VPN you created, you will see three buttons as shown in the image below. One of them is Connect. Click on it to connect to the VPN. The other two buttons are Advanced and Remove. Clicking Remove will remove the VPN connection from Windows 10.
    Add VPN

The option of Advanced button takes you to a window where you can configure proxy. With most VPNs, the proxy is automatically available so there is no need to mess up with the settings here.

TIP: You don’t always have to open Settings to connect to the VPN service. If you pay attention to the Windows 10 Notifications, you will see an Ethernet connection icon – even if you use WiFi. In this case, both icons will appear. This is because VPNs create a virtual Ethernet card for tunneling process. Click on the icon to see the list of VPNs you configured. Click on the VPN you wish to use and click on Connect. When done, click again on the Ethernet icon and click on Disconnect.

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