How to find server name or address for VPN setting?

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #1

    How to find server name or address for VPN setting?


    Hi all

    I am trying to setup a VPN connection to my PC running Win 10 by using "Windows (built-in)" VPN provider. This is my personal PC, not from work.

    In a third text-box it asks for "Server name or address".

    How can I find it out? Can I use my machine name instead?

    I tried to use forum's tutorials but they don't give the answer to my problem.


    Thanks
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    Posts : 859
    Zorin Lite
       #2

    if you would give the name of the VPN provider it'll help. like i'm sure you could search for the provider and get the server name and address there
    using your machine name wont work i guess
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  3. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #3

    Hello @March,

    March said:
    In a third text-box it asks for "Server name or address". How can I find it out?

    Copy & Paste the following command into a CMD Prompt and press Enter.

    Code:
    
    PowerShell "Get-DnsClientServerAddress"

    I hope this helps.
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  4. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    How are you going to use your VPN?
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  5. NMI
    Posts : 1,092
    Windows 11 Pro, Version 22H2
       #5

    See

    In the “Server name or address” box, type the public IP address or dynamic DNS address.

    How to Set Up the Windows 10 Built-In VPN Service
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  6. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hi Paul, it returned me the following list (I omitted actual IP addresses:

    InterfaceAlias Interface Address
    Index Family
    -------------- --------- -------
    Ethernet 18 IPv4
    Ethernet 18 IPv6
    Local Area Connection* 2 8 IPv4
    Local Area Connection* 2 8 IPv6
    Local Area Connection* 13 9 IPv4
    Local Area Connection* 13 9 IPv6
    Wi-Fi 4 IPv4
    Wi-Fi 4 IPv6
    Bluetooth Network Connection 14 IPv4
    Bluetooth Network Connection 14 IPv6
    Loopback Pseudo-Interface 1 1 IPv4
    Loopback Pseudo-Interface 1 1 IPv6


    Which one should I use and what IP format 4 or 6?

    Thanks

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    F22 Simpilot said:
    How are you going to use your VPN?
    From what I've read from various articles on Internet, if I am connecting to my bank account and send my user name + password, it goes as a clear text and possible hackers will be able to use it. VPN, on another had, encrypts all this information, so it will be useless for them. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Thanks

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    NMI said:
    See
    Thanks NMI. It explains clearly. The only question is how to find my IP address. I typed "my IP address" in Google Chrome, and it returned me "What's my IP address" with actual address in IPv4 format. Should I simply copy it and paste it?

    Sorry for such primitive questions, but I am very amateur to all these things and there were cases in the past when I messed up everything.
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  7. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    March said:
    From what I've read from various articles on Internet, if I am connecting to my bank account and send my user name + password, it goes as a clear text and possible hackers will be able to use it. VPN, on another had, encrypts all this information, so it will be useless for them. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Yes, a VPN will accomplish that, BUT! from a remote location from outside your house. If you plan to roll a VPN SERVER not a client VPN in Windows, then your home computer running the VPN server needs to be on all the time. Plus there's port forwarding involved which is a massive security risk unless you add a hardware firewall like OPNsense, pfSense, Untangle, etc. There are way easier ways to do this if this is what you're trying to do.

    Or!


    Do you have some kind of VPN plan from a company and they don't already provide a software or OpenVPN instructions and you intend to use the Windows built-in VPN client software?

    I have a funny felling you don't know much about VPNs. If your goal is the use of a VPN to help keep your public Wi-Fi hotspot connections secure, then consider something like IVPN. VPN for Privacy & Security | IVPN | Resist Online Surveillance You can pay for a week and test it out. Or a month or a year, just make surer you select the right option because a year is set as default.
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  8. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    Now keep in mind, many banks and PayPal may not like your VPN IP address because those are considered cloud IP addresses and could be used by others for shenanigans and thus the IP you may use could be blocked since it's shared with others.

    You can actually do this at home in a router capable of OpenVPN. It's not all that hard to setup. Here are the simple streps:

    1) Buy an Asus router capable to being flashed with the third-party firmware Asus Merlin.

    2) Follow these instructions with the downloaded firmware: Installation . RMerl/asuswrt-merlin.ng Wiki . GitHub

    3) Download the OpenVPN Windows client to access your new shinny VPN in the router at home while your at a coffee shop or airport, hotel, etc. OpenVPN Connect - Client Software For Windows | OpenVPN

    4) There's an App!

    OpenVPN Connect – OpenVPN App - Apps on Google Play

    OpenVPN Connect – OpenVPN App on the App Store

    I have done this very thing. I buy my Asus routers used on eBay and reflash them with Asus Merlin firmware.

    Any questions go here and ask: SmallNetBuilder - Home Network Guru

    Trust me when this computer guru tells you this method will beat a Windows VPN any day.
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  9. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    If all this is waaay over your head, and/or you simply don't want to read and learn, then just go with IVPN. Problem solved.

    There are other VPN providers, but not all of them are great and some are meant for certain things more so than others like Netflix streaming outside the country or what ever. For that you NEED a specific VPN. One that has a boat load of servers, IP address and the right methods to make Netflix work outside of the country.

    For VPN usage for privacy sake, then IVPN will work well. It's what I'm using now in fact. There's also Mullvad or ProtonVPN.

    Just know that a VPN just doesn't "magically" make you more secure or what ever. Especially in the malware department. All a VPN does is gives you an encrypted connection from your computer or phone to the VPN provider's server and then onto your bank or what ever. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Though, some VPN companies have other crap bundled in their server like Ad blocking and tracker blocking or what ever. That can all be accomplished already with the uBlock Origin Firefox add-on. IVPN has this fluff and I don't need or want it. Note that uBlock Origin can be cumbersome for bank websites or what ever. So you simply disable the extension for that one website only and reload the page. But Firefox made that a two step PITA and you have to click inside the extensions button in the toolbar above in Firefox and then you can access uBlock Origin's settings to disable the add-on per website. You can further go inside uBlock Origin's settings and add whitelisted domains (websites) and other stuff...


    I didn't read this article, but this should help you understand what a VPN is and is not. How a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Works | HowStuffWorks

    Edit-

    Okay, just read the first few paragraphs and this part is absolute bullcrap.


    In other words, a VPN can keep your computer, smartphone, and any other device you connect to the internet safe from hackers and malware
    A VPN will NEVER, EVER! stop malware, EVER! Who ever wrote that is not qualified fully on the subject. Safe from hackers? In certain ways, yes, not all of them...

    More crap. LOL


    As long as your VPN is connected, no one (not even your ISP) can know who you are, where you're located, or what you're doing online.
    Wrong. Absolutely factually wrong. Your browser leaks data, fingerprints. So even IF you use a VPN, your privacy is not 100% secure and set in stone. A VPN is NOT a magic bullet to privacy. Browserleaks - Check your browser for privacy leaks

    If the VPN market now-a-days had a theme song... Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - YouTube
    Last edited by User2468; 18 Jun 2023 at 09:35.
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  10. Posts : 6,978
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #10

    March said:
    Hi all

    I am trying to setup a VPN connection to my PC running Win 10 by using "Windows (built-in)" VPN provider. This is my personal PC, not from work.

    In a third text-box it asks for "Server name or address".

    How can I find it out? Can I use my machine name instead?
    Windows (built-in)" VPN provider.

    Typically that's intended for businesses running their own network (and own VPN) to allow users to connect remotely to the office.
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