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Hey guys,

I'm completely baffled as to how to get a VPN working at all. Here's the scenario. I'm at school and I want to be able to bypass the site limitations on me through the school's network. (I want to be able to access steam.) My idea is to create a VPN with my home computer as the 'server side' and of course my school computer the 'client side'. I downloaded openVPN as it's a free utility but I'm utterly baffled at how to configure this thing to do what I want.

The guides I've read were all inter-lan VPNs. They don't tell me the nub things I need to know like, how to find my home computer's IP so that I can tell my client comp where to look for my server side. I know how to find an IP from inside a network, but not from outside. To further complicate it, my home computer is behind a router, leaving me NO IDEA how to do this.

I realize there is an option of making my router run as the server side if it supports it. I'll have to figure that out. So, I'd LOVE it if I could get one running with your guys' help.
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post #2 of 13
I would suggest first getting it to run on lan, then port it to wan(home-school).
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why VPN? Ssh is so much easier, forward the port and download putty. Set it up to configure the socks proxy in firefox and your good to go. Google would help you enormous.

Click this

then this

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You're not going to be able to accomplish this like you're hoping. If your home router is server side, that means you need to forward the ports through the school firewall to your school computer. Catch me? Your home vpn can go out, but the school firewall won't let it in.

Best trick i can think of here is to setup logmein on your home computer. Logmein is http or https, so if you have access to the internet at school, you can use log me in.

I'll sub and try and talk ya through, just cause of that awesome sig.... lol.... that was a funny convo that day
    
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logmein, teamviewer, ssh or vpn. Ssh is probably the easiest, at least for someone of decent knowledge of linux and some time.
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logmein, teamviewer, ssh or vpn. Ssh is probably the easiest, at least for someone of decent knowledge of linux and some time.
I'm gonna look up the Ssh. I've never heard of it.
    
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I'm gonna look up the Ssh. I've never heard of it.
Your joking? Most people who want to accomplish this task use ssh. My brother did it in his school.

This didn't work for me but I was using local servers. Try it with a home server to outside world.
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The guides I've read were all inter-lan VPNs. They don't tell me the nub things I need to know like, how to find my home computer's IP so that I can tell my client comp where to look for my server side. I know how to find an IP from inside a network, but not from outside. To further complicate it, my home computer is behind a router, leaving me NO IDEA how to do this.
Determining the external IP address of a system:
http://www.whatismyip.com

Suggest solution for your scenario:
Sign up for an account at DynamicDNS (www.dyndns.org), and create a domain name with them (i.e. mydomain.dyndns.org).

Configure DynamicDNS on your home router to update against the DynamicDNS servers. That is, your router will automatically send IP information to the Dynamic DNS servers with your home router's internet address.

All you have to remember is the domain name that you created with DynamicDNS: mydomain.dyndns.org.

*Note that DynamicDNS is not the only provider of this service, but it is a popular one.

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I realize there is an option of making my router run as the server side if it supports it. I'll have to figure that out. So, I'd LOVE it if I could get one running with your guys' help.
You can also consider configuring an SSL VPN. If you have a router that supports DD-WRT, then you may be able to flash-program a VPN-specific version of the DD-WRT firmware onto your router.

This permits you to establish a SSL-VPN to the router device, instead of to a computer. This way, you don't need to worry about port-forwarding on the router. Furthermore, the default SSL port of 443 is not likely to be blocked.

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Your joking? Most people who want to accomplish this task use ssh. My brother did it in his school.
Did you have sound so condescending?. It's fairly obvious that the OP is new to networking. Furthermore, your comment that most people who want to accomplish something like this use SSH is far too generalized. Maybe for those who are mostly Linux-based, but not necessarily in general.
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VPN is a pain to do imo. SSh takes 20 minutes maybe 30 if you set up dyndns which may not be needed if you have a static external ip.
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VPN isn't that hard to do if your router supports it. As ComGuards states, setting up a DynDNS for your home connection would be a great way to remember it.

I've setup quick and dirty VPN using DDWRT's built in PPTP function. Easy.

but also your school might block outgoing vpn connections.
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