If you’re looking for an easy way to create a VPN connection in your Windows 8 PC without having to spend a ton of time configuring, then you’ve found it! In this article, we’ll show you how to host a VPN Win 8 using OpenVPN, the industry standard for VPNs.
There are three simple steps to get your VPN up and running in no time.
- Install OpenVPN
- Set up your VPN subnet
- Assign a public IP address to your VPN
Let’s look at each step in more detail.
Step 1: Install OpenVPN
The first step in setting up your VPN is to download and install OpenVPN. OpenVPN is the industry standard for creating and managing VPN connections, and there are several versions available for Windows. You can download it from the OpenVPN website.
After you’ve installed it, you need to configure your Windows system to use it. This process is a little different between versions of Windows. In Windows 10, for example, you can click the Windows icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. When the menu pops up, click Change PC Settings at the top. Under Network and Internet, click Set Up a VPN Connection. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish configuring your VPN.
In previous versions of Windows, you need to go to Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Network and Internet > Set Up a VPN Connection. The process is a little different, but nothing too challenging.
Step 2: Set up your VPN subnet
The next step is to set up your VPN subnet. Your VPN subnet is simply a section of the IP address space that you’ve allocated to your VPN. In other words, it’s the range of IP addresses that you’re allowing to connect to your VPN. You can use the subnet mask on your network card to determine how to subnet your network. For example, if you have a /24 netmask, then you can assign either every third or fourth IP address to become your VPN subnet.
One of the nice things about setting up a subnet is that you don’t have to worry about IP collisions. With a default subnet range of 192.168.0.0-192.168.0.255, there are plenty of IP addresses available to create your VPN subnet. You could use the first two or three octets to represent your VPN subnet for the purposes of this article.
Step 3: Assign a public IP address to your VPN
Finally, you have to assign a public IP address to your VPN. You can use your preferred web browser to go to myip.biz, which is an easy-to-use IP lookup service. Type the IP address of the server you want to connect to in the field below, and then click Search.
You have to type in the IP address exactly as it appears on the DNS record (domain name server). For example, if you have an IP address of 10.0.0.1 and you type this into the DNS field, you’ll be connected to the VPN server with this IP address. There are a few things to keep in mind while setting up this IP address:
- Your VPN server must be reachable from the outside world
- You must have a static external IP address (a non-DNS-resolved IP address)
- You cannot have IPv6 enabled on the same subnet as IPv4 (only one protocol at a time)
When you’re done connecting to the VPN server, click Save at the top. You’ll see a message thanking you for using StrongVPN. A VPN is now up and running on your computer! You can use the same steps to connect to any server you desire, as long as the IP address is registered with us (or one of our partners). If you have more than one network interface, you can create a separate VPN subnet for each one.
You can use the IP address that was assigned to your VPN at anytime to connect to it. If you want to connect to a different server at the same time, just disconnect from the first and then re-connect to the second. This way, you’ll always be connected to the VPN server you want to connect to. When you’re done, simply re-connect to the first server you want to use.