VPNs can be optimized in many ways, including switching servers, trying different protocols, changing protocol settings, and using a wired connection where applicable. In this video, learn what options are available to Windows 10 clients, including automatic reconnection options and how to apply them.
- [Instructor] Although it's a fairly straightforward process to create a VPN in Windows when you have the information required from your IT department, on occasion, you'll need to tweak those settings. You might be asked to increase security or use a different protocol for example. To access the advanced settings you have to get to the network and sharing center and open the adapter settings for the VPN you've created. Here's one way to do that. Open control panel, click network and internet and click network and sharing center. From here, you can choose change adapter settings. Here's my VPN, you can see it's disconnected. Many people prefer to access things through settings though. It's usually a little more straightforward. Here you can click start, settings, and you can go over here to network and internet. From the status tab, here's the option to change adapter settings and it opens the same Window. Once you're here, all you have to do is right click the VPN and click properties. You may have to type in an administrator name and password. Let's look at each of these tabs. Under general, you'll see the option to change the host name or IP address of the destination computer. I personally haven't had a lot of success with this so if I find I need to change the name I generally do it under remote computer. You can also opt to dial another connection first, if that's required by your company or the network you're connected to. Like the other settings you see here, only your IT department can give you this information. The options tab lets you tell Windows to remember your credentials. You'll see it's enabled by default. If you really want to secure the connection you can disable this. But it will require you type the credentials every time you connect and every time a connection times out. Speaking of timing out, you can set the idle time here from never to something more secure like 30 minutes. You shouldn't leave a VPN connection open when it's not in use. So think about how much idle time is right for you. And finally PPP settings let you make advanced choices like enabling compression, or negotiating complicated connections. The security tab lets you choose a specific type of VPN. The default is automatic but if your IT department instructs you to use say, secure socket tunneling protocol, this is where you'll choose it. The same is true of data encryption. The first two, here are the least secure. Let's look at the other options. You can require encryption, and you can use a maximum strength encryption. There are other settings for authentication as well. Authentication is how you identify yourself on the network you want to connect to. There are additional protocols to add in here if required. From the networking tab you can configure your local computer's IP address. If you know about TCP IP, and you want to look at the options here, choose IP four and click properties. While we won't make a change right now you might have to give your connection, a static IP address in certain circumstances, that's beyond the scope but it's important to know where to find it if you need to. And finally, from the sharing tab you can share the connection with others. If you're using a VPN to enhance security though, you shouldn't enable this option. If you've made changes while watching this video and aren't sure you want to apply them, click cancel. You can always return here if you ask specific needs to connect to your company's network. When you're finished, close all open Windows.
- VPNs for Windows 10
- Configuring client apps
- Securing remote connections
- Configuring and optimizing a VPN
- Making remote connections
- Managing remote data
- Troubleshooting remote connections
- Advanced options