Creating VPN Tunnel on iOS/OS X to Mac to use Home Internet Connection

Discussion in 'macOS' started by richardsoj, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. richardsoj macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    A friend posed the question about setting up a MacMini to host as a VPN server to then be able to use the home internet connection whilst out using 4G/Wifi. I've tried this before with Windows and worked when it was a IIS server etc.

    is there something available for the Mac that will allow:

    iOS devices to VPN into the Mac(at home) and use the home internet connection?
    OS X device to also use the same VPN connection to utilise the internet?

    I know of several third party tools, TunnelBlick, OpenVPN etc - but ideally not to go through a 3rd party server farm/connection.

    Any pointers/hints would be great.

    I have looked at several past postings and taking some pointers from them, but ideally looking for an all in one solution.

    Thanks
    Rich
     
  2. asriznet macrumors regular

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    Singapore
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    I'm curious to find out what's the reason you would like to VPN to your home network for? save on data usage, i don't think so.... are there some features you are trying to access that's only available when you are at home?

    Some wireless routers provide an option to act as a VPN server, Asus RT-AC66U is an example as I personally use that.

    For a mac, you can install OS X server, it does include a VPN server if you would like to use it, you may need to set port forwarding on your router for remote access.

    For OpenVPN, there's a guide made by Steve @ http://www.stevesell.com/?p=36
     
  3. harvester32 macrumors newbie

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    Vpn

    Download the program VPNServerConfigurator. I use this on my Mac Mini to do exactly what you said. It allows me to have a secure connection to my home mac and use the internet there. This allows safe browsing while at public wi-fi spots to do banking, or other browsing that needs security.

    VPN Server Configurator can be downloaded from a company called Green World Software.

    Works great and gives me piece of mind while I travel and use unknown wi-fi links. Also allows me to stream music at work even though they block streaming as once it is in a VPN, the local WiFi has no idea what ports or data is being transmitted.

    Hope that helps.
     
  4. richardsoj thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Vpn..

    Hey both thanks for that - I think however for simplicity I'd try the GreenWorld setup and see how it goes.

    My reason for doing this is so when travelling I can watch iPlayer, etc that are blocked when abroad. I want the flexibility to access my Plex, music, and broadband without restrictions as placed when in hotels etc - so hopefully the Greenworld will allow all of that (I know plea already publishes externally) but this too can be blocked in some locations.
     

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