VPN stands for virtual private network. Such network is set up to connect remote and separate networks into one. All traffic within VPN is securely encrypted. VPN are often set up to connect a separate office of some organization to the head office. As VPN can be established via Internet, there is no need in additional network infrastructure, and networks inside VPN can be geographicaly located in different parts of the world. Therefore, VPN helps business to reduce costs.
All network resources within a VPN are available. It relates to network printers, shared drives and files, databases and other kinds of information. Security is a main and the most desirable feature of VPN is encryption: a user connected to VPN can be sure his traffic will not be intercepted. For user all is necessary to connect to VPN – Windows 7 or any other operating system supporting VPN needs to authenticate (log in) entering his or her username and password.
Here is a scheme of a typical VPN. It shows connection of two regional offices with their own networks and servers, databases, files, etc into one VPN together with head office. Remote / roaming users may enjoy full possibilities of all networks inside VPN simplu connecting to the head-office VPN server. Of course such network require professional administration, server OS and software, but fore home use Windows 7 VPN can be enough.
Why would you need VPN Server on Windows 7?
Usually VPN is set up on a Server operating systems, such as Unix or Windows Server. However, it s possible to setup VPN server on Windows 7 - the most popular home operating system nowadays. VPN on Windows 7 is usually a home solution, however, such setup can be used for small working groups. What is more important – you do not need any third party solutions to set up Windows 7 VPN server - this operating system already has a VPN server included, it is only necessary to duly configure and launch it. As you will be connecting to your VPN server, static IP is really important to have, asotherwise you will need to know a changed dynamic IP address once again prior to connecting.
Launching your VPN server on your home PC with Windows 7 will allow you:
1. to securely access your files on a home PC from anywhere in the world
2. to securely use your devices in your network (like printer at home, TV, router, media-center, etc.)
3. to use the IP address of your Windows 7 server – for any other server in the world you would ”look” just as if you were browsing from your home PC.
We will not discuss a complicated VPN protocol, but will give you step-by-step information you need for a VPN server Windows 7 setup. Read more about how to setup VPN Server Windows 7.
If you are not satisfied with the Windows 7 built-in VPN Server, or need more flexibility, you might want to check other Free VPN Servers solutions.
While connecting to a VPN or even during a connection you may encounter different errors. We described the most common VPN errors and their solutions:
VPN Error 800 - Unable to establish the VPN connection.
VPN Error 619 - A connection to the remote computer could not be established, the port was disconnected.
VPN Error 720 - No PPP Control Protocols Configured. We have a solution for both server side and client side.