A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a connection you can set up between two computers in order to establish a secure path between a computer with public Internet access and a computer that is connected to a private network, such as a network at work. In order to setup a VPN between two computers, you must collect specific information for each computer, such as the computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, its domain name, and any other authentication information applicable.
Your computer will then ask you for this information in the VPN configuration settings menu. You can use this guide to set up a VPN on Windows 7 and Macintosh (Mac) computers with OS X 10.6.
Setup a VPN between two computers on Windows.
Follow these steps to set up a VPN between two computers.
Open the VPN menu on the remote computer.
This computer will have public Internet access, not the computer that serves as the server.
- Click the Windows logo or the “Start” button on your Windows desktop.
- Search for “VPN” in the search box at the bottom of the floating menu that appears on your screen.
- After it appears in the search results, choose “Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection”, which should default to the Control Panel. You will be taken to the VPN wizard.
Configure the outgoing VPN connection.
- You need to enter the domain name or IP address of the computer or server you wish to connect to in the “Internet address” field. If you do not have this information, contact the Information Technology (IT) administrator (admin) who manages the network.
- Enter your username and password to access the network, then click “Connect”.
Initiate the outgoing VPN connection.
- Then click on the Windows logo located on the bottom-right of the VPN window, then click on “Connect” below the section entitled “VPN Connection.” You will now need to complete the VPN setup on the other computer.
Access adapter settings on the incoming computer.
Incoming connections will be handled by the other computer acting as the server.
- On the second computer, click on the “Start” menu, then type “Network and Sharing” into the search box.
- Click on “Change adapter settings” after selecting “Network and Sharing Center” from the options provided.
Indicate the name of the computer you want to give VPN access.
- In the new menu that appears, click on “File” (hit ALT+F if the file menu is not visible), then select “New Incoming Connection.” A wizard will appear on your screen asking you to choose the users who will receive VPN access.
- Select the user or computer name on which you established the outgoing VPN settings, then click “Next.”.
Establish the incoming VPN connection.
- Click “Next” again after selecting the option that indicates all users should connect to the network through the Internet.
- Specify the type of IP address you wish to use. In most cases, the choice is usually “TCP/IPv4”.
- By clicking the “Allow Access” button, the outgoing computer will now be able to access the private network.
Set up a Vpn between two Macs.
By following these steps you can setup a VPN between two computers (Macs).
Obtain VPN network settings from your IT admin.
- In order to set up a VPN connection on a computer with public Internet access, you’ll need the IP address or domain name of the VPN server, along with the username and password to access the network.
Access the VPN Network menu.
- Select “System Preferences” from your Apple menu, then choose “Network.”
Enter settings for the VPN connection.
- The “Add” button resembles a plus sign at the bottom of the Network menu. Select “VPN” from the list of options provided.
- Choose the type of IP, or connection, you want to use for the VPN, and give it a name.
- Click “Authentication Settings” and enter the IP address and account name of the server you are connecting to.
- Enter the username and password provided to you by your IT admin, then click “OK.”
Access the private network using the VPN connection.
- By clicking on the “Connect” button at the bottom of the VPN connection window, you will be able to access the private network you are connected to.