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Windows 7: A VPN For Dummies

19 Jan 2010   #1

A VPN For Dummies

If you're behind a router and multiple firewalls, using multiple os's (win 7&vista) like me I would recommend LogMeIn "Hamachi" for a vpn. worked for me. Very easy to set up. I am not saying its the best, but the easiest found so far for non-techies like me.

Note: these instructions are for when you have windows firewall on both computers, which I know usually causes the most problem but hamachi auto formats nicely. Just make sure "don't allow exceptions" is unchecked- in other words "allow exceptions" on both computers.

easiest dummies setup
Instructions for the the vpn "server"
1.Download Hamachi - choose "unmanaged"
2. Install Hamachi- it is a ".msi" similar to an .exe
3. start hamachi, turn it on (click the hamachi "power button" in the upper left corner)
4. in hamachi click "network" then "create a new network"
5. Create a "network id" & pw. Important-seen some confusion on this, this network id & pw are brand new, don't use your existing network id or pw or homegraoup pw or any stuff like that, write down the network id & pw. you need this for your 'client'-leave hamachi & computer running
done with server
Client Setup (the "other" computer)
1. Install same hamachi program, start hamachi again-turn on w/'power button'
2. click "network", select "join a network"-DO NOT select create a new network
3. Enter your hamachi network id & pw from before.
you're done. to access your remote computer right click (left clicking pings for some reason) and select browse. make sure you're folders files are set for sharing.
hope this helps a little. it worked for me.

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19 Jan 2010   #2

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Thanks for the tip! We've been getting a lot of VPN questions lately and this is nice alternative.

Good job!
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