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How do I create a VPN for my home network

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I am trying to create a VPN so that I may connect to my home network to access my hdhomerun prime to watch live tv on the road.  I have searched and have not found a definitive guide to create a VPN.  I have access to VMware Workstation as well as some spare PC's to use as a server if need be.  I have a decent amount of computer knowledge, but VPN's seem to be the bane of my exxistance.
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Patricksr1972, I have tried that with no luck.  I have forwarded port 1723 to the correct PC but it never goes through.  Also, will connecting this way give me access to my homerunprime, or just to that pc?

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From my research, I think OpenVPN is what I am looking for, but I cannot seem to get it to work correctly....
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Not going through means you need to read the logs why not. Maybe your VPN server is dropping because you did not allow port 1723 in its firewall?

VPN explained simply, a means to connect to a network while you are not fysically connected. In other words, you can connect to ALL devices on your network.

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Firewall has an exception for 1723, and canyouseeme.org reports it can see me on that port.
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Enable firewall logging on your VPN server to log dropped and allowed packages. Try to VPN in and check this logs.
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You would be best to buy a VPN capable router.

Desktop O/S's are not configured to perform routing.  If you want to access another device on the network you need to enable that in the registry, but get access to the PC working first.
A VPN router would eliminate that need, or the need to have the PC present at all.

However, I am skeptical that the VPN performance will be suitable for streaming media.

Regardless, when the connection to the home PC fails what error is reported, such as 800, 691, 721,....

GRE needs to be enable in the router as well, there are different processes to do so on different routers.  If you advise of the make and model of your router we may be able to advise.

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Patricksr1972, I was able to use Windows built in VPN, I had to change the client side setting s to PTPP, and now I am connected to my home network.  However I can not access or see any of the devices on my home network.  When I look at my attached devices on my router, the client computer's VPN IP shows up but other than that i can not see anything else.
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Hi again,

What RobWill is suggesting sounds to me like the most valid way.
The other way would be to compare the ip address, subnet and default gateway on the computer VPN-ing in to that of the host.
If this is in the same range you could also add static routes from the VPN-ing PC to the ip address you want to reach but this could be more of a hassle.
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A VPN will not work if the two sites use the same subnet locally.  Every network segment between client and host must be different for routing to take place.  Having said that there is one condition where you can access the host but no other device on the network.  

A static route is not necessary if the default gateway for the VPN/PPP adapter on the connecting PC is part of the same subnet, which it has to be by default.  Also a static route still requires routing on the PC be enabled.

The issue is a packet sent to the PC has no way to be forwarded to another device with out IProuting being enabled.  That requires a registry edit and turning the service on as mentioned.  A VPN router eliminate these hassles and no need at all for the PC to even be turned on.

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