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Setting Up a Remote Computer to Connect to Your Windows 7 Home Network

8 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Network Installation and Setup

Once you’ve set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network, you need to set up the devices that will remotely connect to your Windows 7 home network, such as a laptop. You use the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7 to both set up the VPN and configure the remote devices.

After you've set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Windows 7 home network, follow these steps to configure the devices that will connect to the network from a remote location:

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 Set up a New Connection or Network.

The Set Up a Connection or Network dialog box appears.

4

Click Connect to a Workplace, and then click Next.

The Connect to a Workplace dialog box appears.

5

Click Use My Internet Connection (VPN).

The Connect to a Workplace dialog box now prompts you to enter settings for the IP address and VPN connection name.

6

Enter the public IP address for the computer you are connecting to and a name for your VPN connection. Select Don’t Connect Now; Just Set It up so I Can Connect Later. Click Next.

The Connect to a Workplace dialog box now prompts you to enter the username and password.

7

Enter your username and password for the computer or network you will be connecting to.

Select Remember This Password if you want to automatically log in when you connect to your remote network using a VPN connection.

8

Click Create.

Your VPN connection is now set up.

 
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