Setting Up a Virtual Private Network on Your Windows 7 Home Network

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Windows configures your remote connections. Once configured, Windows provides the computer name for the connection.

Although Windows says you will need to know this name in order to connect to your computer remotely, you can’t actually use this name. Instead, you’ll need the public IP address of the computer.

Under Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), you can change the properties to allow or prevent callers from accessing your network. You can also choose between allowing your network to assign an IP address to remote computers using DHCP (the default), statically assign an IP address, or allow the remote computer to specify its own IP address. File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks allows remote computers to access shared files and printers on your network, and QoS Packet Scheduler prioritizes certain network traffic to improve the quality of the connection.

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