[Tutorial] : How to Setup Incoming and Outgoing VPN Connections in Windows 7

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a keyword which most of the office goers working from home are more familiar with than home users. VPN allows a computer using Internet (public connection) to get connected to a private network through a secure “tunnel” between the home machine and the business network. Compared to other technologies VPN offers several advantages like cost savings and scalability. The main use of VPN is in the area of wireless local area networking.


VPN has many other advantages like enhanced security, remote control, can share files, online anonymity, unblock websites and bypass filters, change IP address, better performance and reduce costs. VPN can lower costs by eliminating the necessity for expensive long-distance  leased lines. One needs only short dedicated connection to the service provider in the case of VPN.

There are two basic requirements to setup VPN in Windows 7. The  first requirement is setting up a remote system to call into the business network which is called outgoing. The second requirement is on the network side. In this scenario, a computer allows secure connections from other remote systems or connected computers. This is called incoming. Windows 7 comes with a pre-loaded VPN client called Agile which makes setting up of both incoming and outgoing, very easy for VPN to work.

According social.technet.microsoft.com, the following are the detailed steps on how you can establish incoming and outcoming connections in Windows 7.

Following are the steps for configuring Incoming VPN Connection in Windows 7

  1. First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Change adapter settings.
  3. Press Alt+F and select New Incoming connection
  4. Put a check on who you’d like to give access to this computer or you can configure a new account by clicking on Add someone,after that click on Next.
  5. Put a check mark on Through the Internet. Click on Next.
  6. Select the protocols you want to enable for this connection. Click on Allow access.
  7. Make a note of the Computer name as this will be used by the client to connect to this computer and after that Click on Close.

Following are the steps for configuring Outgoing VPN Connection in Windows 7

    1. First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
    2. Click on Set up a new connection or network.
    3. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.
    4. Select Use my internet connection (VPN).
    5. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.
    6. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer.
    7. For getting connected through created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.
    8. Now connect VPN Connection windows will appears.
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If you are not clear with the above instructions on setting up a VPN in Windows 7, there is also an YouTube video which details in more-depth with a clear example.

How to Setup VPN in Windows 7 between Home and Remote System

This is just a simple tutorial on getting VPN started in Windows 7. You may encounter many troubles or questions when you try to setup VPN with the default settings in Windows 7. For all such problems you can search Google. On the contrary, there is also this below link which can be useful when creating Incoming Connections.


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