Have you ever looked for a way to connect to your home network through a virtual private network (VPN)? If so, then you have probably come across plenty of services that claim to be able to do that, but how good are they in reality? Let’s dive into the subject and see what we can find out.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a tool that allows you to disguise your actual IP address and connect to a different network. In a sense, it is a type of ‘proxy server’ that functions as a middle man between your computer and the internet, allowing you to make and receive all the normal types of network connections (e.g. web, mail, file sharing, etc).
The benefits of connecting to a VPN are numerous and include the ability to protect your personal data, maintain your privacy, and even gain access to restricted content that you might not otherwise be able to view. Think of a VPN as a digital ‘shield’ that protects your personal data from prying eyes and hackers. The more you use it, the more the VPN will learn about your connection habits and can tailor its services accordingly. If you have a specific need and ask for a certain type of VPN, then don’t be afraid to specify what you require in your purchase request. The more details you give, the better the support you will likely receive.
How Do I Use A VPN To Connect To My Home Network?
Let’s assume that you have already set up your home network as described in the previous section and want to use a VPN to connect to it. How does one go about doing that? As a general rule, you will need to follow three steps to get the most out of connecting to your home network through a VPN.
Step one: Choose a VPN that is suitable for the purpose
When it comes to choosing a VPN for the purpose of connecting to your home network, you will need to start by asking yourself a few questions. Does the VPN offer robust encryption? Does it keep logs of its activity? Does it provide a kill switch so that your connection is not dropped if the VPN server ever goes down? You will also want to make sure that the service is properly configured to work with your specific router and operating system (e.g. Windows, macOS, or Linux).
You should also look into whether or not the VPN has a no-logging policy. If it does not, you may want to consider another service, as logging is vital in order to identify and stop potential abuse. If you request a refund, will the provider actually give it to you? You are under no obligation to continue using the service if the answers to these questions are ‘no’. Think of these questions as an indicator of the quality and reliability of the VPN, as it will affect the entire experience you have while using it. More on this below.
Step two: Configure your network device to connect to the VPN
The next step is to configure your network device (e.g. a computer, smartphone, or tablet) to connect to the VPN. If you are using an Android device, then you will need to look into the Settings menu of the device to find the ‘network proxy’ option. On most other devices, you will need to visit the website of the VPN provider and follow the instructions that pop up on screen. Remember: different devices and operating systems will require you to configure the VPN differently.
Step three: Test your setup and ensure that everything is working as expected
Last but not least, we come to the fun part: testing your setup and making sure that everything is working as expected. To do this, you will need to establish a test connection to the VPN and use a tool such as Wirecutter to verify that all is well. If everything appears to be working fine, then you are ready to use the VPN to connect to your home network whenever you want to. Remember to save your VPN server address and username/password somewhere safe because you will need these details to successfully connect to the service each time you use it (e.g. saving them in a safe place on your computer).
Once you have set up and tested the connection, you will need to configure the VPN to automatically connect to your home network whenever you log on to your computer or other network-enabled device. This way, you will not have to think about connecting to the VPN each time you use your device, ensuring that you get the most out of it. You can also add additional devices to the connection so that all of them can access the VPN simultaneously. For example, you could add a Wirecutter account to your Samsung device so that it connects to the VPN when you use that gadget as well.
To summarize, connecting to a VPN is a great way to gain extra security, privacy, and reliability for your personal data and online transactions. If security and privacy are a concern, then you can rest assured that VPNs take them seriously and work hard to ensure that your personal data is not available to anyone else. In general, a good VPN should be able to satisfy the following criteria:
- It must be highly secure
- It should not log or retain any data about your activity
- It must support easy and quick setup
- It must be able to handle high loads of traffic with little to no effect on performance
- It should have a no-logging policy
- It should be open source and compatible with all relevant devices and operating systems
- It should provide good value for money
- It should have a good track record
Hopefully, this was helpful. Thanks for reading!