In most cases, VPN providers offer a dedicated application that can be easily accessed with a few clicks or taps on a screen. This application allows users to connect to a secure server located anywhere in the world. The process of setting up and configuring the VPN is very straightforward and requires minimal effort on the user’s part. The only decision the user needs to make is which server is the most suitable for their needs.

However, there are certain situations where it may be necessary to manually configure the VPN settings. This may be necessary if the VPN provider does not offer a dedicated application, or if the application is not compatible with your system, such as GNU/Linux. Some users may also prefer to manually configure their VPN for the purpose of learning and understanding the process.

Regardless of whether you use a dedicated application or manually configure your VPN, the end result will be the same: your data will be encrypted and securely transmitted to your VPN provider’s server. While it may take longer to set up a VPN manually, the benefits are the same as using an application.

1. Prerequisites for setting up a VPN

Before you can set up a VPN, you will need to ensure that you have the necessary hardware and operating system that is capable of implementing a VPN. Fortunately, most modern operating systems are compatible with VPNs, and even internet service provider (ISP) boxes are increasingly offering VPN support.

If you are using a smartphone with Android or iOS on a recent version, or a PC or hybrid device with Windows 10, you should be able to easily set up a VPN manually. It is also possible to set up a VPN manually on a MacOS device, as well as on a device running GNU/Linux, which is a popular free operating system. The Freebox, offered by ISP Free, was one of the first devices to offer VPN support. This tutorial will provide instructions on how to manually configure a VPN on all of these devices.

Before you can begin the process of manually setting up a VPN, you will need to obtain your VPN provider’s identification information. This information, which typically includes your login credentials and configuration parameters, is usually provided to you in an email when you sign up for a VPN service. If you do not receive this information, you will need to contact your VPN provider and request it.

Once you have the necessary hardware, identification information, and configuration settings, you are ready to begin the process of manually setting up your VPN. Refer to the second part of this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to complete this process.

Now it’s time to start the process of manually setting up your VPN. While it may seem intimidating at first, the process is actually quite straightforward. Most modern operating systems come with a built-in VPN client that just needs a few adjustments to function properly. This tutorial will provide you with the steps you need to follow to set up your VPN manually.

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2. Configure VPN on Android

Google’s Android operating system is the most widely used smartphone OS in the world. However, each device manufacturer may slightly modify the Android OS, which can result in slight variations in the process of setting up a VPN. If you are unable to find the exact same menu options as those described in this tutorial on your smartphone, you may need to search deeper in the menus and sub-menus to locate the relevant settings.

Apple’s iOS is known for being one of the most secure mobile operating systems. However, adding an extra layer of protection in the form of a VPN can provide additional peace of mind when navigating the potentially dangerous waters of the internet. This tutorial will provide instructions on how to install a VPN on an iPhone.

4. Configure VPN on Windows 10 and Windows 11

Setting up a VPN on a device running Windows 10 is very straightforward. With just a few clicks, your computer or hybrid device will be protected by the VPN. This tutorial will provide you with the necessary steps to set up a VPN on a Windows 10 device.

As is typical of Apple products, setting up a VPN on a Mac is a simple process that can be completed with just a few clicks within the Mac’s interface. This tutorial will provide you with the steps you need to follow to set up a VPN on your Mac.

6. Configure VPN on GNU/Linux

Contrary to the stereotype that GNU/Linux distributions are only used by highly technical individuals, configuring a VPN manually on a device running GNU/Linux does not require any more knowledge or expertise than on other operating systems. This tutorial will provide you with the necessary steps to set up a VPN on a device running GNU/Linux.

7. Configure VPN under Freebox OS

The Freebox, offered by internet provider Free, was the first device to offer an integrated VPN client. This client is designed to protect the streams transmitted by the Freebox’s download application. It is important to note that this VPN client only protects the Freebox and does not provide protection for other devices on your network. To secure these devices, you will need to manually set up a VPN as described in the earlier sections of this tutorial.

FAQs about VPN Configuration

Where is Opera GX VPN settings?

To activate the free VPN provided by Opera, go to Settings (Alt+P) > Privacy > VPN. Once activated, you will see a VPN icon to the left of your address bar. By clicking on this icon, you can access a pop-up window where you can turn the VPN service on or off, select your preferred virtual location region, and view statistics on your data usage. The specific server in your selected region will be automatically chosen for you. In addition to being used in a regular browsing window, Opera’s VPN can also be used in a private browsing window.

How do I setup SSL VPN?

To set up an SSL VPN, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a domain name and obtain a certificate signed by a trusted certificate authority (CA).
  2. Install the certificate on your VPN server.
  3. Configure your VPN server to use the certificate and enable the SSL VPN service.
  4. Install a VPN client on your client devices. Many operating systems have built-in support for SSL VPNs, or you can use a standalone VPN client such as OpenVPN.
  5. Configure the VPN client to connect to your VPN server using the appropriate settings for your SSL VPN. These may include the hostname or IP address of the VPN server, the port number, and the protocol (e.g. TLS or DTLS).
  6. Connect to the VPN using the client and enter the necessary authentication credentials when prompted.