VPN installation via the private Internet router

Regardless of whether you are travelling privately or working for a company in the field, the security of your data certainly has the highest priority for you. Often this is accompanied by the desire to access the Internet from anywhere – even if access to the Internet is not secure and it can happen that the data transmitted over this unsecured network could be corrupted during transmission.

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In order to eliminate the risk of data hacking, you should set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This is a self-contained network to which only certain persons have access, such as field staff or sales representatives. But private individuals are also increasingly using the qualities of the VPN by protecting their own home network. VPN software is installed on the client – usually a smartphone or tablet – and connected to the provider’s VPN server.

A VPN tunnel is set up between the two devices for secure data transfer, through which the data is sent in encrypted form and cannot be viewed from the outside. At the same time, the IP address of the client is replaced by that of the VPN server, so that it is no longer possible to trace the assignment of data access.

A VPN is primarily used to access Internet content anonymously and to protect one’s own privacy. Since the transfer of all data is encrypted, it is very difficult to trace the sender and recipient.

Convert your own Fritzbox into a VPN tunnel

For private users who are using a FritzBox from AVM, the conversion to a VPN server can provide multiple benefits. In order to set up the FritzBox for the VPN, you must carry out the following steps:

  1. Activate the “Extended view” by clicking on the dots in the upper right corner.
  2. Click on “Internet” and on your “MyFRITZ! account”.
  3. If a “MyFRITZ! account” already exists, continue with step 11. Otherwise, select “Create new MyFRITZ! account”, enter your e-mail address and click “Next”.
  4. AVM will now send you an e-mail. It contains a link to register your “FritzBox! account” and on the following website to “Set up MyFRITZ! account”.
  5. Enter a new, unused password in the “Password” and “Confirm password” fields.
  6. Click on “Finish process”.
  7. Go back to the FritzBox and click on “Set up MyFRITZ! Internet access” and “Set up FRITZ! box user”. If MyFRITZ has already been set up, click on “FRITZ! box user” in the “System”.
  8. Now you can set up all users who will later have access to the FritzBox VPN server. Each visitor must be set up with a user name and a unique password. If a FritzBox user already exists for access, activate the pen next to it.
  9. Make sure that both the option “Internet access allowed” and the option “VPN” are activated.
  10. The e-mail address remains unchanged and click “OK”.
  11. The FRITZ! box now automatically logs on to MyFRITZ! The note “Your FRITZBox is logged in to MyFRITZ!”, possibly under the Internet option or in the MyFritz! account.
  12. Make a note of the character string at “(your) MyFRITZ! address”.
  13. Click on “Home Network”, “Network”, “Network Settings” and “IPv4 Addresses”.
  14. Make sure that “IPv4 Addresses” does not have the default address 192.168.178.0, but instead enter an alternative such as 192.168.178.1 and then click OK.
  15. Wait until the PC has reconnected to the FritzBox.

Remote access to your own FritzBox

AVM’s FritzBox offers unparalleled functionality and also allows for secure remote access to the home network, for example when a family member is on the move and the likelihood of access via an unsecured WLAN interface is high. In addition to the above-mentioned settings on the router itself, changes must also be made to the digital terminals, depending on the type of device and the software.

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