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Connecting to Your Home Network Over a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Once you've set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network via the Network and Sharing Center in Windows, you're ready to connect to the network! Additional configuration may be necessary on your router or firewall in order to successfully connect two computers over a VPN. For example, you may have to configure port forwarding on your router or permit certain types of traffic across your firewall. Refer to your router or firewall documentation for specific instructions.

1

Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.

2

Click Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center window appears.

3

Under Change Your Networking Settings, click Connect to a Network.

A pop-up window appears with VPN and other available connections.

4

In the pop-up window, click your VPN connection, and then click Connect.

The Connect dialog box for your VPN appears.

5

If you haven’t saved your username and password, or you need to change your username and password, enter them here. Click Connect.

You are now connected to your virtual private network.

 
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