If you are leaving in the US or UK and you travel abroad you may face some problems when trying to access some sites you usually do from your home. There are a lot of sites that are accessible only to US/UK users. As a US/UK citizen, you may not be aware of this, but when you travel abroad you realize that you simply are not able to access sites like Hulu, Pandora, Veoh, Spotify, BBC iPlayer, etc. Learn how to build your own VPN network.

The solution: bypass the restrictions from your current location. You may do this by:

  • Using a hide IP tool that changes your IP address to a United States or United Kingdom IP.
  • Subscribing to a VPN service that provides access to a US/UK server
  • Connecting to your home computer via VPN and access the Internet as you were home. The elegant, safe, and cheap solution as you don’t have to pay anything. So let’s see how this can be done.

How to build your own VPN network

So you want to create a VPN network of your own? Well, here are a few facts and guidelines to help you out either way.

First, the basics. VPN or Virtual Private Network is a network that is constructed by using public wires to connect nodes. This type of network provides secure and remote access to another enterprise network. If you make a VPN connection of your own, this enterprise network would be yours.

The ownership of the network will be public, but since security-wise, private considerations are prioritized, this type of network provides a safe and secure connection. You will be able to access your own computer from anywhere on the internet like as if you were on your own network.

You can create your own Virtual Private Network using a number of systems and software, some of which will be discussed here. One of the most popularly used methods is via Hamachi (aka LogMeIn) setup. I will show how to set up Hamachi on your home computer and then how to access it from a remote location.

How to set up Hamachi/LogMeIn on your home computer

Here are the steps you need to perform:

  1. Go to https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/free/
  2. Click on Download button (Download PC version or Download Mac version)
  3. Create a user account. You need to provide an email address and a password.
  4. Activate your account from your email. A link is sent to you by email. Just click on it and your account is activated.
  5. Log in to your account.
  6. Click on Add this computerBuild your own vpn network - Logmein 1
  7. Download and install LogMeIn. Click on the Install LogMeIn button.
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  8. You may get a security warning. Just click Run.
  9. The process of the installation of this software started. Press Next and accept the terms. Next, choose the typical installation.Build your own vpn network - Logmein 3
  10. Choose a description for your home computerBuild your own vpn network - Logmein 4
  11. In order to be able to access the computer anytime make sure the following options is checked. (It may not be shown for you!)Build your own vpn network - Logmein 5
  12. Choose the installation folder. You can keep it on C:\Program Files\LogMeIn. Click Next.
  13. LogMeIn service will be then installed. You may experience some flickering and black screens. Don’t worry! It’s normal.
  14. After the setup is finished, you are done!Build your own vpn network - Logmein 6

How to access your home computer from a remote location

One the installation is done, you login back to the LogMeIn website, you will see your computer with the description.

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When you need to access your home computer from a remote location you need to login to your LogMeIn account and click on Remote Control below your computer description.

You will be redirected to a page where you will be required to click ‘Install ActiveX Control…’ from the dropdown. Then click ‘Install’ when the security warning pops up.

Voila! Your new VPN is ready! 🙂

In the browser, you will be required to enter your Windows username and password (the credentials you are using to log in to your home computer).

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Then, you will be able to control your home computer. In order to access restricted sites like Hulu or BBC iPlayer you just need to open a browser and get started as you were home.

What do you think about this method of accessing restricted content? Is it effective? Have you used it?