How to Setup a Home VPN Server From Windows 10 Without a Router Login

You can use a VPN service to connect to the internet whenever you want, even when you are not at home. The best part about VPNs is that they allow you to change your IP address whenever you want, which means you can always pretend to be somewhere else whenever you visit a different site. While it’s not always possible to change your IP address, the fact that VPNs are so easy to setup and use means that it’s often not necessary. You can also use a VPN to enable you to access content that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see due to restricted site rules or geographic limitations. In this article, we’ll discuss how to set up a VPN server on a Windows 10 computer without needing to resort to using a third-party app or installing OpenVPN manually. We’ll also discuss some potential downsides to using a VPN, as well as outline the steps required to connect to a VPN server (assuming you already have a good understanding of how to setup a server on a computer).

The Need For A VPN Server

If you’re looking to create a VPN server in order to utilize the features mentioned above, the first thing you need to do is decide which type of VPN server you want to run. There are many considerations to make before choosing a particular brand or model. For example, do you want to use open-source or proprietary software? Do you want to build a virtual private network (VPN) server with Windows Server or a dedicated Linux box? Do you want to use static or dynamic IP addresses? There are also various hardware requirements to consider, such as how many GB of RAM do you have available? How much storage does your PC have (hard drive or solid state drive)?

Since we’re trying to create a secure and private space within your home for internet use, it would be wise to choose a VPN server that offers secure and trustworthy encrypted connections. That way, your personal data remains secure during transmission, even if someone is monitoring the network traffic. You also do not want to run a VPN server on a device that is connected to the internet directly, as this could potentially expose your network to hackers and other unwanted individuals. If this happens, you might end up having to rebuild the server or restore from backup. In most cases, this type of issue can be prevented by choosing a VPN server that is physically hosted by a company that you can trust. This way, even if someone is able to eavesdrop on the network traffic, they still have no way of decrypting or understanding it. Unless you have extraordinary hardware and manpower available, odds are, they won’t even try. This type of setup is usually more trouble than it’s worth, and it’s not advisable for the average person.

The Steps Involved In Setting Up A VPN Server

In order to create a VPN server, you will first need a server running Windows 10 (this can be done through a free evaluation copy for testing purposes). Once you have that, you can follow these steps to set up a VPN server:

1. Disable Smart Screen

The first thing you need to do is disable smart screen, which is a setting within Windows that prevents your screen from unexpectedly turning on when you are trying to sleep or watching television. This is an excellent way to reduce stress and prevent the sleepless nights that plague many people who work at night. You can temporarily disable smart screen through the power menu by pressing the Windows key + P on your keyboard. Once you’re in the power menu, click on the Settings button, then select Change settings for My Computer.

Under the hood, Windows 10 is making a number of changes to how your computer interacts with the world at large. One of these changes affects how your PC’s display turns on and off. Previously, Windows would automatically turn on your PC’s display when it detected an incoming signal or when the lid was opened. Despite the fact that it’s convenient for the user, this setting is causing major issues for people who work at night or need their PCs for occasional use after hours. To avoid any unwanted interactions, it is advisable to disable this setting manually, which you can do by following the steps outlined above.

Once you’ve disabled smart screen, it’s time to click on the Windows button and select Settings. You will then see a page full of Settings, click on the Network & Internet section, and then click on the VPN tab. You should now see a list of configured VPN Clients, along with their assigned IP addresses. If you do not see a list of VPN Clients, click on the Add a VPN Client button, then enter your VPN credentials when prompted.

2. Install and Configure SSH Service

In addition to establishing a VPN server, you will also need to install and configure the Secure Shell (SSH) service. While VPNs allow you to change your IP address, and thus gain access to resources that you would not normally be able to see, SSH enables you to login to your computer with an account other than the one associated with your IP address. You can use this service to login to your computer even when you are not connected to the internet. This is especially useful if you need to perform maintenance tasks on your computer or check your email.

To install and configure SSH on your PC, you will need to utilize the Windows Store. To open the Windows Store, click on the Windows button and then select Search from the menu. Type in “SSH client” and then press ENTER. The Windows Store will then list several different SSH clients. From here, you can install the OpenSSH client, which is free and Open Source software. OpenSSH is one of the most popular and established SSH clients available, and it’s highly compatible with other commonly used clients. Once you’ve installed OpenSSH, you need to open it and click on the Connect button to connect to a local server.

If you’ve never used SSH, the first thing that may pop up is a caution message. If you get this message, it means that either your laptop or desktop computer is connected to the internet directly through a wired connection (usually a cable connection) and thus is at risk of being compromised. This is usually caused by a poor VPN configuration. If this is the case, you will need to disconnect your computer from the internet, reestablish your VPN connection, and then reconnect your computer to the internet. If you get this message when you attempt to connect to a local server through OpenSSH, it means that your network security software (such as the one provided by Microsoft) is blocking incoming connections from lesser-known and unverified sources. Either way, it’s not advisable to use SSH if these alerts appear frequently.

3. Configure IP Address Management (IPAM)

Another setting within Windows that you need to configure is IP Address Management (IPAM). This setting allows you to define which IP address is associated with each of your VPN clients. You will see two separate tabs under the Network & Internet section of the Settings app: Public and Private networks. Only the first one is relevant here, so we will focus on that. Every device connected to the internet will have a public IP address, which is the internet address that is visible to other devices on the internet and which can be used to contact you. This address is usually a dynamic address that is assigned by your internet provider.

If you have more than one device connected to the internet, you will need to define which of these devices is the primary device. You can do this in several ways, including by either changing the order of the Ethernet ports on your router (this is usually done via a smartphone) or by utilizing the IPAM setting on one of your devices. For example, if you have a desktop computer and a laptop, you can define the desktop computer as the primary device or you can give the laptop a static IP address and use IPAM on the desktop computer to assign it a different address than the one currently assigned to the laptop.

Once you have your primary device set up with a static public address, it’s time to define the rest of the devices on your network. To do this, click on the Network & Internet tab and then select Change settings for My Network.

This setting will then prompt you to input the IP address of one of your other devices. You can either input this manually, or you can click on the Find IP Address button, which will search your entire network for any devices that are currently connected and then input the first available IP address into the field. 

Make sure that each of your devices is set up with a unique and static IP address. This prevents several issues, including those caused by webpages that exploit vulnerable ports in order to gain unauthorized access to your computer. If you use a router, this is already setup for you and you do not need to worry about it.

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