Archive for November 29th, 2012
I previously wrote a post about connection to a Synology NAS VPN server using OpenVPN. Although OpenVPN is more secure, it does involve installing software and can be a bit tricky to set up.
The Synology NAS VPN server also has support for PPTP VPN connections, which Windows 7 (as well as other operating systems) have built-in support for, without the need to install software. It’s much easier to set up and get going.
Here’s how to do it:
Assuming that you already have the VPN Server package installed and running, go to VPN Server and make sure your PPTP VPN is enabled.
Also go to Privilege and make sure your user has permission to connect.
Lastly, make sure TCP port 1723 is forwarded to your NAS.
Setting up Windows 7
Click Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center (view by large or small icons) and click Set up a new connection or network.
Click Connect to a workplace.
If you are prompted, click “No, create a new connection”
Select “Use My Internet Connection (VPN)”
In the next screen, enter the IP address or hostname of your Synology NAS.
In the next screen, you can enter your username and password and click Connect.
Your PPTP connection is now set up. You can access it from your network connections menu.
Deciding whether to route all traffic through the VPN connection
By default, the PPTP link will route all traffic. This is good if you’re using your VPN session as a routing point to encrypt all your traffic. However, if you decide you do not want all traffic routed through the VPN, but only non-public Internet traffic, change your settings as follows (Windows 7):
Click Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings
Right-Click on your PPTP configuration and click Properties.
Click the Networking tab.
For both IPv6 and IPv4, do the following:
Under the General tab, click Advanced.
To route all traffic through the VPN link, check the Use default gateway on remote network.
To route only non-public Internet traffic, uncheck the box.
Questions or comments, please leave a comment below. Thank you!
If you’ve accidentally closed the video preview window in Skype, it should re-open next time you start a call. If not, you can re-enable it by performing the following steps:
Go to Tools > Options, and click on Calls. Click the Show Advanced Options button, and uncheck Show call controls when Skype is in the background.
Now, hover in your call window, and you should see a new icon in the lower-right corner that looks like a square. Click that, and there will be a menu item for Pop-out video. Click that, and the preview window will appear and stay on all the time.
Tested on Skype 184.108.40.206