How to Setup a VPN Tunnel Between Routers & Connections

There is more than one way to achieve a high-performance connection between your personal computer and the internet. While some prefer to use a wireless router for connecting to the internet, others opt for a wired solution. If you’re already using a wired connection, why not extend the performance of your internet experience by creating a Virtual Private Network (VPN) between your wired connection and your other devices. A VPN is a great tool for security and privacy when used on public Wi-Fi networks, especially if you’re connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop or hotel. This article will discuss two different methods for creating a VPN tunnel between a router and a PC or Mac. The first method is a bit more complex but gives you greater control over the process, while the second method is simpler but less secure.

Wired-Based VPN

This option provides you with the most performance when connecting to the internet thanks to its dedicated hardware and software. The best part is that it works with any operating system, making it plug-and-play friendly. What’s more is that you don’t need to install any additional software to use this VPN connection. If you’re already using a wired connection, this is the way to go for maximum performance.

To set up a VPN using a wired connection, follow these steps:

Step 1. Install the VPN client on your computer.

The first step is to install the VPN client on your computer. Remember, a VPN is just like adding an extra layer of security to your internet connection by using encryption. When choosing a VPN, make sure that the software is available for your operating system (Mac / Linux / Windows).

A VPN is also a great choice if you’re connecting from a public network (such as a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop or hotel). Since your VPN client will encrypt all of your internet traffic, any device that is connected to the same network as your PC or Mac will be able to see what you’re doing online. While this makes the process of connecting to the internet more secure, it also makes it more convenient for anyone around you to do the same. If this is a concern, consider using a Wi-Fi VPN hotspot instead, which will only allow you to connect to the network in an encrypted manner.

Step 2. Configure the VPN client on your computer.

Once you have the VPN client installed, it’s time to configure it. This process will be different for each operating system, but typically involves opening a designated VPN network connection and entering a username and password. In most cases, you will also need to enter a bit of configuration information. For example, PPTP clients require you to enter the IP address of a VPN server, while OpenVPN clients will ask you to enter the server’s URL.

If you’re using Windows 10, the VPN client will have automatically detected your NIC (Network Interface Card) and connected to your Wi-Fi network. You can right-click on the VPN icon in the task tray and select “Properties” to see the available options for connection settings.

Step 3. Configure the VPN client on your router.

Once you’ve connected your laptop or desktop to both your router and the internet, it’s time to configure the VPN client on your router. First, make sure that your router is compatible with VPNs. You can check the manual or visit the manufacturer’s website to see if there are any firmware updates available. Many routers support VPN connections out of the box, but to be sure, you want to use your routers onboard VPN client rather than relying on the internet service provider (ISP)’s offerings.

To configure the VPN client on your router, follow these steps:

Step 4. Connect your router to the internet.

The first step is to connect your router to the internet. Many routers will be configured to automatically connect to the internet when they are activated, so make sure that this is done. You can also use a dedicated Ethernet cord to connect your router to the internet if you’re planning on using a wired connection. In either case, remember to plug the cord into a port that is not being used for another purpose.

Step 5. Open the VPN client on your router.

The next step is to open the VPN client on your router. Again, this will be different for each operating system, but typically involves entering the IP address or URL for the VPN server in the browser.

Step 6. Test the connection.

Once you’ve connected your laptop or desktop to both your router and the internet through VPN, it’s time to test the connection. In Windows, you can right-click the VPN icon in the task tray and select “Properties” to see a list of currently connected networks. If this is the first time that you’ve connected your laptop or desktop to the internet through VPN, you will need to log-in to your account information, otherwise known as a VPN “Login screen”.

If all goes well, you should see a green check mark next to the VPN connection under “Status”. If this is the first time that you’ve connected your laptop or desktop to the internet through VPN, you will also need to allow PPTP connections as well when prompted. Select “Apply” to save your changes and “OK” to continue connecting to the internet.

Wireless-Based VPN

This option provides you with the most performance when connecting to the internet thanks to its dedicated hardware and software. The best part is that it works with any operating system, making it plug-and-play friendly. What’s more is that you don’t need to install any additional software to use this VPN connection. If you’re already using a wireless connection, this is the way to go for maximum performance.

To set up a VPN using a wireless connection, follow these steps:

Step 1. Install the VPN client on your computer.

The first step is to install the VPN client on your computer. Remember, a VPN is just like adding an extra layer of security to your internet connection by using encryption. When choosing a VPN, make sure that the software is available for your operating system (Mac / Linux / Windows).

A VPN is also a great choice if you’re connecting from a public network (such as a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop or hotel). Since your VPN client will encrypt all of your internet traffic, any device that is connected to the same network as your PC or Mac will be able to see what you’re doing online. While this makes the process of connecting to the internet more secure, it also makes it more convenient for anyone around you to do the same. If this is a concern, consider using a Wi-Fi VPN hotspot instead, which will only allow you to connect to the network in an encrypted manner.

Step 2. Configure the VPN client on your computer.

Once you’ve installed the VPN client, it’s time to configure it. This process will be different for each operating system, but typically involves opening a designated VPN network connection and entering a username and password. In most cases, you will also need to enter a bit of configuration information. For example, PPTP clients require you to enter the IP address of a VPN server, while OpenVPN clients will ask you to enter the server’s URL.

If you’re using Windows 10, the VPN client will have automatically detected your NIC (Network Interface Card) and connected to your Wi-Fi network. You can right-click on the VPN icon in the task tray and select “Properties” to see the available options for connection settings.

Step 3. Configure the VPN client on your router.

Once you’ve connected your laptop or desktop to both your router and the internet, it’s time to configure the VPN client on your router. First, make sure that your router is compatible with VPNs. You can check the manual or visit the manufacturer’s website to see if there are any firmware updates available. Many routers support VPN connections out of the box, but to be sure, you want to use your routers onboard VPN client rather than relying on the internet service provider (ISP)’s offerings.

To configure the VPN client on your router, follow these steps:

Step 4. Connect your router to the internet.

The first step is to connect your router to the internet. Many routers will be configured to automatically connect to the internet when they are activated, so make sure that this is done. You can also use a dedicated Ethernet cord to connect your router to the internet if you’re planning on using a wired connection. In either case, remember to plug the cord into a port that is not being used for another purpose.

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