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How to Configure OpenVPN

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OpenVPN may seem a little daunting at first, but once you get your feet wet this can be an incredibly useful (and free!) tool. In this article, Michael Riley shows you how to use OpenVPN for secure internet surfing on your client PCs. He’ll also help you set up the configuration that will allow you access to your home network while you’re traveling. From installation to troubleshooting, and using helpful OS-specific tips, this tutorial demystifies OpenVPN for the beginning user.

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If everything went smoothly up to now, you should be able to start up OpenVPN and connect.

On the Server

Go to OpenVPN GUI in the system tray and then click connect. It should now successfully connect and display that it has an IP address.

On the Clients

Once the server has been connected, you should be able to connect the clients. They should be able to connect to the VPN even when on the same local network, but testing from a separate network, like a neighbor’s wifi (that you have "permission" to use, of course), is preferable.

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