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Need to set up VPN for Remote Civilization IV Gaming

Scott Thompson
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Hello,

I have read multiple different websites trying to figure this out, and everyone who sets up a VPN seems to use the LOCAL IP Address.  I'm trying to figure out the following.

Computer1 (Minnesota) -----  Router ------   Internet ------- Router ----- Computer2  (Iowa, Plus 5 other computers in same LAN)

Computer1 needs to be able to connect to Computer2 on a different network that is hosting the game on a local LAN.  This is a game that we started before he moved away, and we would like to be able to continue to play it.  Can someone give me step by step instructions on how to set this up?  Thanks!
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
In theory you can use any remote network you like for VPN. In fact it is troublesome. Which kind of VPN do you have in mind / available?
Scott ThompsonComputer Technician / Owner

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I don't think it matters too much what VPN, though I would like to have it set up free and preferably just using Windows.  If I can avoid it, I don't want to have every computer install any third party software such as OpenVPN.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
It is a bit more complicated with Windows, but feasible. At least if there is a Windows Server involved?!
Scott ThompsonComputer Technician / Owner

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The game is not currently running on a server.  I started the game on a Windows 8.1 machine.  I believe we have Windows Server 2008? running in the basement.  I would have to check with my brother.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
The issue with client OS is that they only allow to dial-in on that machine and with many other restrictions, while a server allows to provide a RAS pool, apply NAT, perform proper routing and stuff.
Scott ThompsonComputer Technician / Owner

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Commented:
Okay, looks like we have a server running Windows Server 2012.  Tell me what I need to do please.  Thank you.
Network ZeroCloud Engineer

Commented:
I would use logmein Himatchi, that's what me and my friends used to play when we are in different locations

https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi/
Scott ThompsonComputer Technician / Owner

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Commented:
Well that is an option, that's not really what I'm looking for or asking about Network Zero.

I just want to set up a VPN so my friend is on the same local LAN as the rest of us.
"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Oops, you are waiting for instructions ...

You need:
A Dynamic DNS service, like NoIP or DynDNS, to register your public IP address with a DNS name. This is required if your public IP changes often. If it is static, or you can live with having to tell your friend the actual IP address, this can be left out.
Install Routing and Remote Access on the Windows Server, in both Remote Access and Routing mode.
If you are not using DHCP, you'll have to set up an IP address pool to use for RRAS. This needs at least 2 addresses (one for server, one for client).
Configure your Internet router to perform VPN passthru to the RRAS server
Create an account for dialing in on that server.
The "client" just needs to create a MS VPN connection. He'll need the public IP or DNS address, account and password. IP address from the pool should be assign automatically on dial-in, and it should work.
Scott ThompsonComputer Technician / Owner

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I'm closing out this question mainly because I don't have the time at the moment to figure out if I can get this going.  Sorry to keep everybody waiting.  Thank you!