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How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection on Windows 11



As with its predecessor, Windows 11 provides the ability to configure a virtual private network (VPN). 


Let’s take a look at how to set it up



Type VPN into the Start Menu search bar and select the Best match option from the drop-down menu.


1. Select Add VPN from the drop-down menu.


2. Select Windows as the VPN provider from the drop-down menu (built-in).


3. Give the Connection a name that you can remember. It is not necessary for this to be the same as the name of your VPN service or the location of a specific server.


4. Enter the name or address of a server, which you can find on the website of your VPN provider's website. Using the terms "[vpn provider name] hostnames" or "[vpn provider name] server ip addresses" will help you locate specific servers on your network.


5. Select the type of VPN connection that you will be using. The most common configuration is L2TP/IPsec, but the server to which you connect may employ a different configuration. Again, double-check the specifics with your VPN provider and make the necessary adjustments to this setting.


6. Lastly, you must enter your VPN username and password to complete the connection. Notably, some VPNs provide a separate username and password combination for manual VPN configurations, which can be found in your VPN settings.


7. Press the Save button to complete the process.



It is expected that the above instructions will work for the vast majority of VPN providers; however, some may have additional quirks, such as the use of unique usernames and passwords or other service-specific configurations.


How to Setup an IKEv2 VPN on Windows 11


When compared to the more commonly used L2TP/IPsec VPN connection, an IKEv2 VPN connection requires the installation of a security certificate, which makes it a little more complicated.


Despite the fact that it necessitates a few extra steps, IKEv2 is widely regarded as one of the strongest and most stable VPN protocols available, and it is well worth using if you require unsurpassed security.


While it was once difficult to find support for IKEv2 connections, the protocol is now widely supported by the majority of major VPN providers, who provide detailed instructions that are specific to their particular service.


The following instructions, on the other hand, provide a general overview.


1. Go to the website of your VPN service provider and download the IKEv2 certificate from there. This service will be provided by your VPN provider, and they will have a dedicated download and support page for this purpose.


2. Once the IKEv2 certificate has been downloaded, double-click it to launch the Certificate Import Wizard by selecting Install certificate.


3. After selecting Local Machine, click the Next button.


4. Make a choice Select the following store from the drop-down menu and click Browse to add all of the certificates.


5. After selecting Trusted Root Certification Authorities, click the OK button.


6. Return to the Certificate Import Wizard by selecting Next from the previous menu.


7. Click Finish, followed by OK to complete the process.


8. Return to the previous set of instructions for setting up a VPN on Windows 11, but this time substitute IKEv2 for the VPN type in the VPN configuration.

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