Since the dawn of time, people have been trying to find ways to connect to networks they don’t have immediate access to. For example, if you live in Africa and have a connection to the internet, you can visit websites and download content that may not be available in your country.
This scenario is what led to the creation of VPNs. A VPN allows you to connect to a different network, in a different location, and even use a different device. With a VPN, you can appear to be anywhere online and access everything you need—like getting online in the first place—with minimal restrictions. Essentially, a VPN makes it appear like you’re in the country you’re connected to, even when you’re not physically located there. This could be very useful if you’re traveling and don’t want to be tracked, or if you’re in a country with restricted online content. For example, if you’re in Turkey and trying to access websites related to LGBT topics, you may have problems. However, with a VPN connecting to a site in Canada, you’ll have no trouble finding the information you need. This is because VPNs route your internet traffic in a way that avoids the blocks you may encounter in countries with questionable legal regimes.
Find A Router
Just like any other item you might buy, you’ll eventually have to settle down and pick out a router. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when selecting a router to be your VPN host. First, make sure you get one that is compatible with the VPN software you plan on using. You don’t want to end up with a piece of equipment that won’t work with the applications you need. Some routers are specifically built for use with VPNs and don’t support all the protocols standard wifi routers do. For example, the Cisco PIX 501 router is specifically designed for running VPNs and doesn’t support Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers, which allow for easier and more secure Wi-Fi setup. It also doesn’t support wireless protection mechanisms, such as the WEP and WPA encryption systems. Thus, if you’re using WiFi to connect to the internet, it’s highly advised that you avoid this particular router and seek out another solution.
Set Up The VPN
There are a variety of reasons why you might want to set up a VPN, but the most basic one is to secure your home network. Since your house is probably the most valuable thing in your life (next to your family, of course), you may want to protect it from external threats. A VPN can help secure your network against outside access by anyone else, which may be a concern if you have guests or other people around the house that aren’t on your side.
There are a few things you need to do to set up your VPN. First, you’ll need to find the router. Second, you’ll need to determine the subnet mask (the portion of IP addresses that identify devices connected to the internet) that will be used for the connection. Third, you’ll need to determine what type of security you want to use (WPA2 PSK, WPA2 AES, WPA, WEP, or none at all).
Note that, depending on your location, some of these options may not be available to you. For example, if you’re using WPA2 PSK, you won’t be able to use the service in Turkey. You’ll have to go with WPA2 AES instead. If you’re not sure which option to choose, choose WPA2 AES, as it is the most secure and open-source option. With WPA2 AES, you’ll encounter no problems accessing content in Turkey as long as you use a VPN. For the other versions, you may encounter issues when visiting certain websites or downloading certain files from the internet.
Use The VPN To Access Content
Once you’ve set up your VPN, you’ll need to connect to it from your devices to be able to use it (at least, to access content). You can do this by choosing Settings from the main menu on your Router and then clicking on the name of the VPN you set up.
Depending on your location and how you configured your VPN, you may encounter some issues connecting to it. For example, if you’re in Turkey and the site you try to visit is blocked there, you’ll have trouble connecting. To get around this, you may want to use a VPN that supports DNS leak protection. This way, you’ll be able to access anything you need as long as you’re connected to the VPN. The downside is that some of these VPNs are a bit more expensive than the average one.
Avoid Malicious Activities
You may also want to check whether or not your VPN is enabling you to engage in malicious activities. If you do, you may not want to use it. For example, if you’re in Turkey and you’re using a VPN that also has a zero-tolerance policy regarding copyright infringement, you may want to think twice about it. While a zero-tolerance policy may be great if you’re trying to keep your identity secret, it may not be what you want if you’re planning to commit copyright violation. Similarly, if you’re using a VPN in an effort to skirt regional restrictions, you may run into problems. The best solution is to use a VPN that doesn’t have this policy. Unfortunately, this may mean paying a bit more for the service.
Consider Cloud Computing
If you’re looking for a simple and affordable solution to keep your network secure and don’t want headaches, you may want to consider using a VPN with cloud computing. Essentially, this type of VPN allows you to access your data anywhere and from any device that is connected to the internet. By using this type of VPN, you don’t need to worry about connecting to a specific network or router, as it will handle all of this for you. You can just log in once and, from then on, use any device or browser to connect to the internet and your personal data will be preserved and accessible at all times. This type of VPN is particularly useful if you’re using public Wi-Fi spots, or if you travel and want to keep your personal data secure while accessing content you need online. Since there is no device involved in the process of connecting to the VPN, you may encounter no problems doing so even while in other countries with different legal regulations. (Of course, using a VPN is always better than exposing yourself to potential security risks while on public Wi-Fi.)
The downside to this type of solution is that it is a shared resource and, as such, will require you to share the costs with some other person or entity. Also, since you’re dependent on an outside company (at least, for now), there is always the possibility that they may stop supporting you or become malicious themselves. For these reasons, using a VPN with cloud computing can be a risky endeavor and you should consider it only if you’re prepared to take the risk.
Monitor Connection Quality
If you’re not happy with the speed at which your internet browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera) is connecting to the internet, you may want to consider using a VPN to monitor and improve connection quality. When used in this way, a VPN will act as a sort of speed test for your internet connection. By switching VPNs frequently (and logging out of one and logging into another) you can find out which one provides the best connection speed, which can help you find the best service for your needs.
The downside to this approach is that you’ll be opening up more than one connection to the internet, which may affect your privacy. In addition, you’ll be needing to keep track of all these connections, which can be a hassle.
Use One VPN For All Of Your Devices
If you’re using multiple devices (such as a desktop and a laptop) to access the internet, you may want to consider using a VPN to connect them all. This is because, in most cases, setting up each one individually is a pain and involves a lot of time. Instead, you can use a VPN to connect all of your devices at once and, from then on, use it whenever you want to access the internet. (You will, of course, need to pay for this convenience.) The downside to this approach is that you’re adding more complexity to your situation by having to use more than one VPN. In case you’re planning on doing this, it’s better to use a dedicated VPN for each device.
Secure Your Home Network With These Tips!
With all of these tips in mind, you’ll be able to secure your home network effectively and enjoy all the perks that a VPN has to offer. From being able to access content while abroad to easily connecting from multiple devices, a VPN will help you enjoy your digital life, wherever you may be. So, don’t forget about this valuable resource and keep your home network as secure as possible!