What is the easiest way to setup a home VPN that works with the iPad/iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Still100, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    I want a secure way to connect to my home network and I'm a newbie to this sort of thing. I'm interested to know if someone has set this up successfully.

    What's the easiest secure solution to accessing the home network using the built in its VPN?
  2. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Get a router with VPN built in is probably the simplest.
    Get a router that supports DD-WRT, flash it with DD-WRT, and configure VPN.

    Just need something that support PPTP.
    Could always setup some external VPN server but that is a PITA, requires secondary equipment, ect.

    Going to need some sort of dynamic domain service if you don't have a static IP (though my "dynamic" IP hasn't changed in 5 years with Comcast so....)
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    My router is provided by the service provider and won't allow that. If it was up to me alone I would get rid of the service provider Sky based on that alone.

    Any other ways? Could I not open a port and setup windows VPN service?
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    Depends on what kind of hardware you have lying around. I have an old Mac Mini in the corner of our living room. One of its many roles is as a VPN server. I use Easy VPN to serve up a L2TP VPN. The Mini has a free dynamic DNS hostname from No-IP.com which gets updated automatically using their Dynamic DNS Updater Client.
  5. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I use a Synology NAS. Has dynamic DNS support & a VPN host.
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2012
    Unless you truly need VPN features, Splashtop is the best remote control app available. I use it every day to connect to my home computer from my iPhone. My ISP doesn't allow for Static IPs, except at Business prices, so I use a little freeware open source utility to monitor my external IP and send me an email when it changes, which is not often.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
    I would like to know that software lol
  8. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    LogMeIn is also free, and easier. No need to worry about IP addresses for remote desktop.

    VPN and Remote Desktop serve two completely different purposes.

    To the OP, Yes, you can run a VPN Server application and open ports on your ISP router. Google for an app. I can't help or recommend any solutions as I use the VPN server built into DDWRT I have loaded in my Linksys.

    Try this:
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
    The question was about the software for the IP adress

    I know about RDP and all

    But thanks for your concern
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    I've tried that but always receive the could not establish conn to ppp server. Which is usually resolved by resetting network settings on the iOS device according to google but hasn't worked for me.

    How does logmein make their money?
  11. macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    LogMeIn has a basic access option for free, and charge for more functionality. I've never tried them personally, but I believe the basic option just gives you remote desktop access, whereas the paid options can provide all sorts of additional functionality like remote file access, managing lots of machines, etc. http://logmein.com

    But like Menel said, Remote desktop access is not the same thing as VPN access. Depending what you actually want though maybe it's enough. If there is only a single machine on your home network that you want to access remotely, then something like LogMeIn might be enough. If you want to access several machines on your local network remotely then you might want to setup a VPN.
  12. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Teamviewer is another one I was recommended. I haven't given it a go but might be worth a look.
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    I'm after both file access and Remote Desktop. Also, I hear VPN is a good way to transmit data, say banking, work etc in public places because it encrypts.

    I have managed to get VPN running from iOS to Win 7 VPN. Thanks Menel.


    But I was hoping that I could access the remote computer by rdp through the VPN connection to be more secure.

    I may resort to logmein or teamviewer but I'm sure they would make money by selling personal info or something?

    Through vpn, I can access files now but would like rdp using Jump on iOS. Does rdp need data to be tunnelled/encrypted over a public network by vpn or ssh or does it have something built in? Every work place does setup VPN or ssh.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Select a block of ports and port forward unused external ports to RDP ports on your LAN computers.
    But RDP isn't *that* secure.
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I use LogMeIn for remote desktop and file access.

    I sometimes use DropBox for file access, arranged my files so that anything I might need mobile is in there.

    I use VPN to log in from public/guest WIFI networks when making transactions or other sensitive things.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    +1 for the Synology. If the OP is looking to go the home server route, I think Synology's products are hard to beat. Fantastic functionality and great software.
  17. macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2012
    Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
    Home VPN

    Truly great advice. I've had my linksys wrt54G router for as long as I can remember running ddwrt firmware and my own VPN configured.
    Sound advice here man.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2014

    I've put up an article on this topic that I hope will help others:

    see Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN


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