Setting up a VPN in Windows 10

Creating a VPN in Windows 10

Create a VPN profile

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Network & Internet > VPN > Add a VPN connection.
  2. In Add a VPN connection, do the following:
    • For VPN provider, choose Windows (built-in).
    • In the Connection name box, type a friendly name for the VPN connection profile.
      This is the VPN connection name to look for when you go to connect.
    • In the Server name or address box, type the address for the VPN server.
    • For VPN type, choose the type of VPN connection you want to create.
      Again, you’ll need to know which kind of VPN connection your company or VPN service uses.
    • For Type of sign-in info, choose the type of sign-in info (also called credentials) to use.
      It might be a user name and password, one-time password, certificate, or maybe a smart card if you’re connecting to a VPN for work.
    • If you like, enter your username and password in the respective boxes.
  3. Select Save.
  4. If you need to edit the VPN connection info or specify additional settings, such as the proxy settings to use for the VPN connection, select the VPN connection > Advanced options.

Connect to a VPN

After you have a VPN profile, you’re ready to connect.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Network & Internet > VPN.
  2. Select the VPN connection you want to use > Connect.
  3. If prompted, enter your user name and password or other sign-in info.
    When you’re connected, the VPN connection name will say Connected underneath.

To quickly check and see if you’re connected to the VPN while you’re doing things on your PC, select the Network  icon on the far right of the taskbar, then see if the VPN connection says Connected underneath it.

Connected to a VPN

Enable Split Tunnelling

By default, when you create your VPN split tunnelling is disabled.  This means that the VPN connection will use the default gateway on the remote server you are connecting to.  This will result in all TCP traffic leaving your machine being pushed through the VPN connection, including internet based traffic that will be routed to the internet via the remote server. 
Even though this is the preferred and most secure method it can sometimes be problematic, i.e internet connections can be slow OR no internet connection at all.
To route internet traffic through the local gateway, i.e your internet connection, do the following:
  1. Click SEARCH and type View Network Connections, click on the icon that is displayed
  2. Right Click the Network Adaptor Icon that represents your VPN Connection and select Properties
  3. Click the Networking Tab
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties Button
  5. Click the Advanced Button
  6. On the IP Settings Tab, untick Use default gateway on remote network
  7. Click OK 3 times to close all windows.  You should be back to Network Connections
  8. Connect your VPN, or disconnect then reconnect your VPN.
  9. Split Tunnelling has been enabled