How to Configure VPN Between Mac and Windows

How to Configure VPN Between Mac and Windows

Hello, dear Mac users.|
Today, we are going to discover how to set a VPN connection between 2 computers. Yes, you read this right. VPN allows to connect not only a device to the Internet but also helps to establish a safe connection between two machines.

First of all, I need to mention that for achieving our goal, you should know each computer’s IP address or domain name. There are cases when some additional information is needed, but usually, this is enough. You have to enter this data to the configuration settings of your VPN on Mac with OS X and on Windows computer.

And I also want to mention that I use KeepSolid VPN to do everything in a couple of clicks. But this is not the only way, here is how to manage this task manually:


How to Establish VPN Between Mac and Windows

On Mac OS X, you have to do several steps to establish a VPN connection with another machine, no matter whether it is one more Mac or a Windows computer.

1. Get your network settings

These are: the IP address of your Mac or MacBook, the domain name of the VPN server of your choice, and administrator’s username and password.

2. Access the menu of your VPN network

  • Click on the Apple logo.
  • Go to ‘System Preferences’.
  • Select ‘Networks’.

3. Enter data for your VPN connection

  • Click a button with the plus on it, it is situated at the menu bottom, and select ‘VPN’ from the provided options.
  • Select types of IP of the connection. Enter the name of your VPN network.
  • Specify the IP address and the name for the server, then go to ‘Authentification settings’,
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Click ‘Ok’.

4. Access the VPN network.

Once you click on the ‘Connect’ button, your VPN turns on. You are now free to use safe VPN connection from your Mac.

For Windows, the process is similar, so you will soon be able to connect your Mac to Windows:

1. Use a remote computer to access the VPN menu

It is the machine with the Internet access but not the one that is working as a server. Let’s pretend that it is a Windows one.

  • Click ‘Start’ or the ‘Windows’ logo on the Desktop.
  • Search for ‘VPN’ in the menu that appears on the screen.
  • Click ‘Set up a VPN connection’ when it shows up in the search results.
  • Launch your VPN wizard.

2. Configure the outgoing connection via VPN

  • Enter the IP address or domain of another computer you need to connect to this one. If you don’t have this kind of data for your working machine, please contact your IT administrator managing this network.
  • Enter your username and the password to access the private network.
  • Click on the ‘Connect’ button.

3. Initiate the outgoing connection

  • Click on the Windows logo in the lower right corner while being in the VPN window.
  • Select ‘Connect’ below the ‘VPN Connection’ line.
  • Finish setting up your safe connection using another computer.

4. Set the adapter on the incoming machine

This computer will play a server’s role.

  • Go to the Start menu.
  • Type into the search bar the following: ‘Network and sharing’.
  • Go to ‘Network and sharing center’.
  • Select ‘Change adapter settings’ that will allow you to manage all your connections.

5. Specify the name of the computer

  • Go to ‘File’.
  • Select ‘New incoming connection’ - this will bring the screen asking to choose users for giving them VPN access.
  • Choose them and click ‘Next’.

6. Establish the incoming connection

  • Select the option for connecting users and click ‘Next’.
  • Specify your IP type for the VPN connection. Usually, people choose ‘TCP/IPv4’.
  • Click ‘Allow access’.

The outgoing machine will now be able to access the network via VPN.