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ZenMate VPN for Windows
You specify the host PC by entering its local IP address. More than 40 million users worldwide are using ZenMate. However, you can sign up for a free service, such as from No-IP , and input your account details into the router so it will update the hostname with your IP. Major updates tend to make certain changes to your adapter settings, making it unusable in the process. While this is a pretty interesting feature, setting up a VPN server this way may not be the ideal choice for you. Beta Releases Beta releases are feature complete but not presumed to be bug-free.

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You don't have to buy an expensive VPN server if don't have a lot of users. Windows actually provides VPN server and client functionality. Now let's get started!

Since VPN connections link networks together, you must be careful with the subnet and IP addressing so there aren't any conflicts. On the network hosting the VPN server, you should use an uncommon default IP for the router, such as To configure the Windows VPN server, you do what is described by Microsoft as "creating an incoming connection.

Among other things, you'll specify the users you want to be able to connect. Follow these steps to create an incoming connection:. Now you need to access the properties of the newly created incoming network connection and define the IP address range for VPN clients:. Windows will automatically allow the VPN connections through Windows Firewall when you configure the incoming connection on the host PC.

However, if you have a third-party firewall installed on the host PC, you need to make sure the VPN traffic is allowed. You may have to manually enter the port numbers 47 and You specify the host PC by entering its local IP address. Therefore, before you setup the port forward, you should ensure the IP address won't change.

Start by logging into to the Web-based control panel of the router. Some routers don't have this feature. Once you have figured out the IP address, find the virtual server or port forwarding settings in the router's web-based control panel. Don't forget to save the changes! If your Internet connection uses a dynamic IP address, rather than a static one, you should signup and configure a dynamic DNS service. This is because when you configure the remote clients, you have to input the Internet IP address of where the host PC is located.

This will be a problem if the IP changes. This is a known issue that has not yet been fixed through updates. While this is a pretty interesting feature, setting up a VPN server this way may not be the ideal choice for you.

It does have some limitations:. Next, select the user accounts that can connect remotely. To increase security, you may want to create a new, limited user account rather than allow VPN logins from your primary user account.

Next, you can select the networking protocols that should be enabled for incoming connections. Windows then configures access for the user accounts you chose—which can take a few seconds. And at this point, your VPN server is up and running, ready to take incoming connection requests. This will allow you to connect to the VPN server using port , and will protect you from malicious programs that scan and attempt to automatically connect to VPN servers running on the default port.

You can also consider using a router or firewall to only allow incoming connections from specific IP addresses.

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