Days ago, it was too expensive to use VPN for personal use. Now, even cheap wireless LAN router has VPN functionality integrated, for home use.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and if you configure router to enable this function (and you will also need Dynamic DNS service if IP is not global, but I’m not going to explain about this here), you can connect to your home network, and access to your NAS, Printer, and other network connected devices. First, you connect to internet, then connect to VPN through internet.
VPN has different types of connection, and Windows 8 supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, and IKEv2.
To configure connection (on Windows side), go to desktop, press “Win + X” to open menu, then “Control Panel”.
Click “Network and Internet”
Under Network and Sharing Center, click “View network status and stats”
Click “Set up a new connection or network”
For connection option, click “Connect to a workplace”.
Click “Use my Internet connection (VPN)”.
For address, enter global IP address for your home if you have one, or DDNS name if non-static IP is used. Destination name is any name for your connection.
After configure, clicking network icon in task tray (small icon in right side of task bar) will bring up list of connections. Click VPN connection you just made, and press connect.
It will ask for username and password, so enter one you set in router VPN.
If you succeed, you are now connected to home network, and you can access to network connected device just like you are at home (except for slow speed). To disconnect, click network icon in task tray, and click disconnect in VPN connection.
From next time, VPN connection will not ask for username or password. For security, you can disable remembering credentials.
From Network and Sharing Center, click “VPN connection”, “Properties”, “Options”, and uncheck “Remember my credentials” option.
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