In this article, you’ll learn how to create a VPN on your home network. You’ll learn what a VPN is, why you might want to create one, and how to do it. Let’s get started.
What Is A VPN?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of connecting remote locations (such as your laptop or mobile device) to a private network, in a secure way. This private network is made up of servers located all over the world which are connected to each other through a public network (such as the Internet).
When you create a VPN on your home network, you are essentially creating a secure connection between your home network and the Internet (or other public networks). This means that all your Internet traffic, including your emails, web browsing, and file sharing, is secured. As far as your computer is concerned, it feels like it’s connected to a private network, even though it’s actually connected to the Internet (or other public networks). This is what makes a VPN so useful and convenient—it feels like you’re always connected, even when you’re not, which is exactly what you want from a WiFI router!
Why Create A VPN On Your Home Network?
You might want to create a VPN on your home network for a number of reasons:
- To secure your home network and the Internet connection (more on this below)
- To encrypt your Internet traffic
- To maintain your privacy
- To get cheaper Internet service
- To be able to watch Netflix or other streaming content without worrying about your personal data being compromised
- To be able to access other devices on your home network (such as a printer or another laptop/mobile device)
The main thing to keep in mind when creating a VPN on your home network is that the main goal is to create a secure and private network between your home devices (such as your laptop, tablet, and mobile phone). It doesn’t matter whether or not you use the VPN on your home network to access the Internet—the point is that you want to create a private network where you can securely connect your home devices without worrying about security or privacy issues.
How Do You Create A VPN On Your Home Network?
If you’ve followed along so far, you’ll know that you need a WiFi network to start creating a VPN on your home network. Before you start installing VPN software on your home computers, laptops, or mobile devices, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve installed the correct drivers. To do this, simply connect one of your devices to the WiFi network, and open up the driver menu on the device. You’ll see a list of available drivers, and you simply have to choose the correct ones for your operating system (Windows or Mac OS X).
Once you’ve installed the correct drivers, it’s time to install and configure the VPN software. Open up a web browser on one of your devices, and visit the website of your VPN service. On the left side of the page, you’ll see a variety of platforms (such as Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Linux). Choose the correct one for your operating system, and click on the big Install button at the top of the page.
After you install the VPN software, you’ll have to enter a secret (or passphrase) to be able to log into the service. Make sure you keep this secret (or passphrase) safe, as we’ll need it to connect to the VPN later. To prevent others from accessing your VPN connection, you’ll need to log into your VPN account on the server, and disable the login button. Do this by clicking on the padlock in the upper right corner of the screen.
You’ll now see a list of available servers. Choose a nearby server, and click on the Connect button to connect.
Once You’re Logged In, What Do You See?
Once you’re connected to the VPN, you’ll see several screens that look similar to this one:
The VPN software you’re using will display a list of networks (such as Google WiFi, or your home WiFi network). Choose the network you want to connect to, and click on the connect button at the top right corner of the window.
Now it’s time to configure the VPN on your home network. First, you’ll need to enter your username and password for the network (both are case-sensitive). If you run into any issues, find the help section of the VPN software (usually located at the top of the screen) and read the documentation. Once you’ve entered the correct credentials, press the Save button at the bottom of the window.
You can now use the VPN network to access resources on the Internet (such as your email or favorite websites). To prevent others from accessing your device, you’ll need to log into the VPN account on the server, and change the settings so that only you can access the network.
How To Secure Your Home Network And The Internet Connection
To secure your home network and the Internet connection, you’ll want to make sure that all the devices connected to the network are actually part of the network. There are several ways to do this, but the simplest is to install a WiFi network scanner on one of your devices, and scan for networks within a reasonable distance of your home. (For example, if you’re 50 feet away from your neighbor’s WiFi network, you may want to disable the connection on your device.)
Once you’ve identified all the networks within a 10-15 mile radius of your home, it’s a good idea to connect your home network to the Internet via a dedicated line (such as a cable or DSL connection). This way, even if someone breaks into your WiFi network, they won’t be able to access the rest of your home network or the Internet connection on your device.
Encrypting Your Internet Traffic Is Great For Privacy
If you have sensitive information (such as financial information) which you don’t want to be intercepted while traveling on the Internet, you may want to consider encrypting your traffic. (The technical term for this is “tunneling” your data.)
For example, you may want to use a VPN to encrypt your web traffic while you’re doing your banking on a public WiFI network at a coffee shop. When you’re done, you can disconnect the VPN and browse the Web as usual.
Tunneling your data is a great way to maintain your privacy when using public WiFI networks, and you may see this option in your VPN software’s settings. However, using a VPN to encrypt your Internet traffic doesn’t mean that your data is totally secure. For example, if you use the same email address for your VPN account as you do for your personal email, then anyone with access to either account may be able to get access to your unencrypted email.
Why Is Maintaining Privacy Important?
You may want to create a VPN on your home network to protect your personal information, or to keep your private communication private. If someone breaks into your WiFi network and steals your login credentials, they may be able to access all your personal information, including your emails, photos, and bank information. This is why it’s essential to keep your login credentials secret!
If you use the same email address for your VPN account as you do for your personal email, then anyone who breaks into your WiFi network may be able to access your emails. So, even though they can’t see your bank account information or photos, you may still be exposing your private correspondence. This is why it’s important to keep your login credentials secret!
How To Use Your VPN To Access Resources On The Internet (Such As Netflix)
If you’ve followed along so far, you’ll know that you need a VPN to be able to use the services on your home network (such as Netflix, or other streaming media services). To do this, you’ll need to create a VPN connection on one of your Internet-connected devices (such as a laptop or mobile phone), and then use that connection to access the services.
To create a VPN connection on your mobile device, you’ll need to download and install a VPN app from the app store. (Make sure you get a VPN app specifically designed for use on mobile devices.) After you install the app, you’ll have to log into the service with your username and password. (Make sure you use a strong password and change it regularly, as well as disable the login details on the servers if there is any possibility that someone could access it.)