Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: VPN web browsing setup desktop to desktop in another country

22 Jun 2013   #1
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
VPN web browsing setup desktop to desktop in another country

Hi all

I'm living abroad and would like to use my pc back home in the uk as a link to the web for bbc iplayer, web shopping,news,etc via proxy setup on Firefox.
I've had a look at some tutorials but they either require a degree in networking to understand or are more for file serving rather than web browsing.

Anyone have a good tutorial for this ? Or any software that makes it easier to setup.
i dont want a free or paid vpn service as i want to use a fix ip that my desktop has in the uk.
Thanks alot


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
22 Jun 2013   #2
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

The BBC is a British broadcasting service and is to service people who pay for a TV license. This restricts BBC content to the UK only. They do other UK citizens then ability to download content onto their machine for 30 days which can then be watched anywhere however first needs to be downloaded within the UK. BBC iPlayer - Install BBC iPlayer Desktop - See this for more information.

In order to establish a VPN connection easily you need a client and server to handle the request. In this case your desktop in UK would need a server software (agent) which will then allow you to remotely connect to the machine via the internet. I am not very experienced in VPNs so I cannot recommend any possible solutions however I can say that if you plan on browsing the web you may find that you will receive major performance issues.

Although you may have a 50Mbps download speed abroad the maximum speed at which you can transfer data is limited to your upload speed in the UK. Therefore if your upload speed is slow (1Mbps) then the maximum speed you will get is 1Mbps.

Overall I would say avoid VPN connections since they were designed for connecting to LAN resources rather than an exploit to use a different public IP address and avoid website region restrictions. For example when connected via a VPN you can send a print job to your home LAN.

Josh
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #3
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks. Yes my PC is at my parents who pay a license fee so I'm not doing anything illegal.

The main reason is my ip there is linked to work accounts and the ip is uk based and secure. It won't be used much just the odd bit of web surfing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Jun 2013   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pr1970 View Post
Thanks. Yes my PC is at my parents who pay a license fee so I'm not doing anything illegal.

The main reason is my ip there is linked to work accounts and the ip is uk based and secure. It won't be used much just the odd bit of web surfing.
Do you mean your public IP address? (For example: 207.88.56.123)

Also is your ISP provided by work or through a public ISP (BT,Sky,Virgin Media)?

Josh
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #5
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Yes it's a static ip that I use to connect to a work PC . Currently I use teamviewer to connect but want something more automatic and seamless than using that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #6
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

What you need then is a Remote desktop connection rather than a VPN connection. As long as you can retrieve your public IP address from your home router in the UK as well as have a static IP address on the machine that you would like to connect to you should be fine.

This link should help - Allow Remote Desktop connections from outside your home network

Could you also post a picture of your ipconfig for the machine that you want to connect to and I can then show you how to setup a static IP address otherwise set one up yourself - Network Posting Tips - Follow the first part and don't run the file attatched

warning   Warning
There may be security implications if when opening your computer up to the internet for remote desktop connection therefore it is advised that you have a strong user account password


Hope This Helps,
Josh
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #7
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks. Would that allow me to use the Internet of the remote PC. I'm not interested in files on that PC just using online services through it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #8
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

If the remote PC has an established internet connection which it should do otherwise you wouldn't be able to connect to it in the first place then yes you can. This will simulate the desktop as if you were there locally yourself.

The remote PC must have Windows 7 Professional,Ultimate or Enterprise installed for it to work otherwise the only other option is Teamviewer

Josh!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #9
pr1970

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Yes but I really don't want to simulate the desktop which is what I'm doing now as its slow. I want to setup a proxy in Firefox remotely at link into my uk desktop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2013   #10
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

If you want to setup a proxy then you don't need the remote PC at all. You would need a proxy server and then once setup all the traffic will get sent to that proxy server and then the proxy will request whatever data you want. Typical reasons for doing this is to hide/change your IP address to make you appear as though you are in a different country. This in turn would allow bypass of security filters. In terms of what proxy servers to use then you will have to find that out yourself. I will tell you now though that some proxy servers are good and others are bad with impact on speed varying between them.

Firefox is a browser and not a proxy server. You need a separate machine in the middle of yours (Could be your remote PC however will require specialist software and security problems may well be prevalent. Also if your remote PC is currently connected to a works proxy then you would be unable to set it up as one.) and the website you want to view.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 VPN web browsing setup desktop to desktop in another country




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Random BSOD at Desktop, Web Browsing
Dear sevenforums community, I'm having random BSODs just browsing internet or with the PC idling and I can't seem to get it stable. This occurs with multiple BSOD messages, as I can recall, IRQ_EQUAL_NOT_LESS, MEMORY MANAGEMENT, etc. I haven't oced any of the components and loaded optimized...
BSOD Help and Support
Remote Desktop Setup Issue
Everyone, When I started with Remote Desktop, at the top of the screen was this little menu bar for RDC. I accidentally closed it and now do not know how to get it back. Can someone pla help/tell me how to get this back on my screen, when I connect to my machine @ work using RDC. It is...
Network & Sharing
BSOD while Gaming/Browsing/Afking(Desktop)
Hello, im new here, just registered so please let me know if im doing something wrong. Ok, problem is BSOD's started occuring on my machine recently and gets way too often for my taste. The PC is one i've built myself piece with piece and installed a retail copy of win 7 ultimate...
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD browsing through desktop/internet
I computer is barely usable getting random BSOD. I've have this computer for 2 weeks now, new build and was working fine until yesterday. I'm not sure whats going on but I'll upload my .dmp files. Thanks!
BSOD Help and Support
Not responding when browsing desktop for uploading a file
Hi, No matter if I use Chrome or Firefox my computer freezes and ends up to "not responding" if the browser opens up initially on desktop folder for uploading a file to any websites. Any thought on this?
Browsers & Mail
Setup file do not show GUI on desktop
Dear all, I have a question about the installation of a program setup file. When I run (as administrator) the setup file which I have purchased from a supplier no install screen is presented on my desktop Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I see in the Task Manager that a process of that file is...
Software


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:13.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App