A VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology lets a computer using a public internet connection join a private network by means of a secure "tunnel" between that machine and the network. The most common of implementing this method is when a business allows its employees to connect to the work network away from work. To connect your machine to a virtual private network, there are two principal ways. The first and most common scenario, called outgoing, is to set up a remote computer with access to the office network. The second scenario, called incoming, which occurs on the work network, where a computer is allowed to connect to other computers outside of the network securely.
Windows 7 comes preloaded with the Agile VPN client, making setting up either connection relatively easy. (Note that if you are using Windows 8, the following Windows 7 configuration steps are similar to Windows 8 desktop environment)
Setting up a VPN Connection in Windows 7
Click the Start button, and in the search bar type "Network and Sharing"
Once you are in the Network and Sharing Center window, click the link "Set up a new connection or network".
Click "Connect to a workplace" > Next
How do you want to connect? Select "Use my Internet connection (VPN)"
Depending on the VPN server you are trying to connect, fill in the first field (Internet Address) with the server address.
Note: This address can be either an IP address like (18.104.22.168) or a URL (uk1.vpn.surf)
Enter what you prefer in the second field (Destination name) as a name for your new VPN connection > Next
These are the VPN Surf server locations:
Type your VPN account credentials (you can get account credentials by purchasing a VPN subscription) and when finished, click Connect.
If you haven't checked the don't want to connect now a checkbox in step 4, It will establish a connection to the VPN server and verify your username and password automatically.
Note: The connection type priority is: SSTP, PPTP, and L2TP in this process, it will choose one of them automatically.
It takes a couple of seconds (If all went well and there are no problems with credentials and the VPN server, you are connected!)
How to Disconnect and reconnect to a created VPN?
- To disconnect from a VPN connection, Click the network icon in the taskbar, select the VPN connection in the available networks and connections list, and then click Disconnect.
- To connect to the same VPN connection whenever you need to then simply click connect.
Here are other blogs on how to set up a VPN connection in different Systems:
- How to install VPN on Windows 8
- How to install VPN on Windows 10
If you are facing any problems with the installation/configuration, feel free to comment below.
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