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Chapter 38. Remote Access with Dial-Up N... > Using PPTP to Create Virtual Private...

Using PPTP to Create Virtual Private Networks

Virtual private networking, or VPN, is a relatively new networking technology that allows you to access a remote network across the Internet or a network attached to the Internet via a secure encrypted connection. In Windows 98, VPN uses Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol to create a secure tunnel to a PPTP or VPN server over Dial-Up Networking. With this technology, you can easily avoid long-distance charges when traveling or when working from a remote location. For instance, if you use a national Internet provider such as MSN or CompuServe, you normally have access to the Internet via local phone numbers no matter where you travel. If you travel to a remote location, all you need is a local access number for your ISP. After you dial your ISP, you launch a VPN connection to your corporate network across the Internet. When the connection is made successfully, you have access to all resources just as you do with traditional Dial-Up Networking.

Although VPN support is native to Windows 98, it does not install by default. To install VPN support, follow these instructions:


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