VPN issues


  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro version 22H2
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    VPN issues


    This is not specifically a Win 10 question although my Win10 Pro PC is certainly part of the issue. Anyway hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

    Basically there's two things I'm trying to accomplish. The first thing is to be able to SAFELY access my pc when I'm not at home. The second is to be able to log onto my local network from the outside world and make it look as if the traffic originates from there.

    At home on my local wifi I often access my PC using Remote Desktop. I'd like to safely be able to do the same thing from a phone or external PC. I'm under the impression that the best way to do this was with a VPN but the precise what and how eludes me. My best current guess is to setup a VPN Server on my wifi router but does that mean any generic VPN software I install on my phone can get through? I'm really just guessing but possibly this will accomplish both things I'm trying to do.

    Additionally I could also setup a VPN Client on the wifi router which would provide VPN protection to any device logged onto my lan without having to install anything on every tablet in my household.

    Added to this is that I've used Kaspersky antivirus for over 20 years on my pc's and VPN just became free with the package so I've used the 3 licenses I get on my PC and my and my wife's phones. Hopefully I can use my Kaspersky VPN to access the DDNS that I got free from ASUS to complete the circle.

    It should be clear from this discussion that I'm grasping at straws, I've googled a bunch of confusing and potentially conflicting information along with everybody and his brother that wants to sell something VPN related.

    I'm also posting this on the XDA forums as here and there is where I get most of my technical advice.
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  2. Posts : 1,338
    Windows 10
       #2

    self hosted vpn server behind cloudfare tunnel or zerotier tunnel or NGinx or something of this nature. That then forwards your traffic back to your home network.
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  3. Posts : 8,219
    windows 10
       #3

    Does your router have a VPN a lot do
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  4. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro version 22H2
    Thread Starter
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    Malneb said:
    self hosted vpn server behind cloudfare tunnel or zerotier tunnel or NGinx or something of this nature. That then forwards your traffic back to your home network.
    I have setup a self hosted VPN Server on my router (Asus RT-AC86U). It has the capability of supporting PPTP, OpenVPN and IPSecVPN. I'm not familiar with cloudfare tunnel, zerotier tunnel or NGinx. Is some sort of specific tunnelling app required? I already have Kaspersky and VPN (which uses OpenVPN protocol) on the external device, isn't there some way to use this to connect to my home network or do I need a VPN that specifically supports tunneling?

    Could I possibly use "any" VPN (as long as the router supports the vpn's protocol) and then use Remote Desktop to logon to my home PC? This is not exactly what I want but it gets me pretty close.

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    Samuria said:
    Does your router have a VPN a lot do
    The router has both VPN Server which is what applies in this case as well as VPN Client. As I mentioned above I have setup the router's VPN Server and DDNS. But then what? What do I need on the external device to logon to my local wifi? I think that's the final step that I need.

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    I was able to successfully configure the VPN Server (at least the OpenVPN protocol section) and setup a DDNS. The final step should be to import the client.ovpn file generated during the router's VPN Server setup into a OpenVPN client loaded into the external device. I installed the OpenVPN Connect app on the external device and and imported the client.ovpn. I had a minor issue with an incorrect username that caused OpenVPN to be unable to connect to my router VPN Server but once I fixed that it connected and appeared to work properly.

    However, when I checked things out "what's my IP" indicated that I had the same IP address whether or not the OpenVPN Connect app was enabled or not. Also when it was enabled I still was not able to see the router as I would if I really were on my local wifi.

    I've gone over everything and everything is as I think it should be. Can anyone give me a clue? Please help.
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