A VPN Server is an invaluable tool for anyone who needs to securely access public Wi-Fi or their company’s internal network from outside. A VPN Server allows you to create a secure and private network that connects 2 devices at the same time, protecting you against eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and more.
If you’ve ever needed to securely access public Wi-Fi or your company’s internal network from outside, you may have heard of or used a VPN. A VPN can be used to create a secure and private network that connects 2 devices at the same time, protecting you against eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and more.
While there are plenty of VPNs out there, setting up a VPN Server is not as complicated as you may think. In fact, it’s one of the most straightforward processes we’ve ever encountered. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, launching a VPN Server takes only a few minutes.
Let’s have a look at how to create a free VPN server.
Step 1: Choose A Server Location
The first step in creating a VPN server is to choose a server location. This is where your VPN software will connect to when it launches, so make sure that location is close to you and has good signal strength. You may want to look at our guide on the best VPNs for signal strength.
Further, if you’re planning to share the VPN Server with multiple devices, it’s a good idea to look into using a reputable VPN that offers shared IPs. With a shared IP, each device connected to the VPN will use the same IP address and can benefit from the security of the entire network. While this may seem like a good idea at first, it can also cause problems if you’re not careful. Since you’re sharing the IP with so many other devices, your server may become overburdened and slow down.
Step 2: Install The Server Software
Now that you’ve picked a server location, you’ll need to install the VPN server software on your device. There are several different VPN servers out there, so make sure that you install the one that’s right for your needs. For a beginner, we recommend using OpenVPN because it’s the most popular and most often used open source VPN software. It’s completely free, so there’s no trial or subscription needed to continue using it. All you need is a computer, an Android device, or a Mac to start using it.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed OpenVPN, you’ll need to set a few options in the software. First, you’ll need to enter a name for your VPN Server (it will be the name you see when connected to it). Next, you’ll need to enter a short password to protect your VPN Server. Finally, you’ll have to decide whether or not to allow connections from remote locations. If you decide to allow remote access, you’ll need to enter your country, state, and city (if you’re outside of the U.S.).
Step 3: Configure Your VPN Server
Once you’ve installed OpenVPN and set up a VPN Server, it’s time to configure it. First, you’ll need to add 2 new networks to your VPN Server. One should be internal, used only within your company, and the other should be public, used when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network. Your VPN Server will not connect to known Wi-Fi networks, so make sure you add them manually.
The final step in setting up your VPN Server is to open the VPN Client that comes with OpenVPN on your computer or mobile device. You’ll then be prompted to connect to the VPN Server you created. Just follow the on-screen instructions to connect.
That’s it! Now you have a functional VPN Server that you can use to securely access Wi-Fi or your company’s internal network whenever you need. You can also use the VPN Server to securely connect to other VPNs for added security.
For more information on how to use a VPN Server, head over to our full guide or check out our detailed documentation on the subject.