1and1 NGCS | Free VPN | What it is and what it’s not

So mid-Aug, 1&1 released their VPN feature for the “Next Generation of Cloud Servers” (NGCS), and like many things with the new Cloud Servers, it seems like this new feature is relatively unknown. Hopefully I can explain percisely what it is, and also clear up some misrepresentations of what it’s not.

What 1&1’s VPN is:

Simply put, the VPN or Virtual Private Network establishes an SSL encrpyted link to your servers so that your local computer can communicate and send traffic to the server. The VPN connection puts you behind the “Hardware” firewall that you control in the Cloud Panel, and is essentially an extra layer of security for linking to your many servers.

What it’s not:

  • This is not a Tunnel that sends all of your traffic through it as you’d find from VPN services. So this is not a way to mask your identity online, by hiding behind your servers or 1&1.
  • This doesn’t give you a local spot on the network and doesn’t make the servers of that network aware of you. The servers themselves are not connected to the VPN and are not aware of the VPNs existence, or yours for that matter.

Use Cases:

  • You want to transmit data to your servers over an encrypted line
  • You want a way to connect to your servers without worrying about the IPs you may be connecting from (mobile)

How to activate the VPN

  • Inside your Cloud Panel, go to Network => VPN.
  • Click the Create button.
  • Give the VPN a name and click Create.

How to connect

  • You’ll need openVPN, so get that from https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html
  • Get your Configuration files and add them to openVPN’s config.
  • In you Configuration Zip file will be a pretty detailed instructions on any steps needed.2015-10-28 18_09_16-1&1 Control Panel
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Installation on Windows:
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For installing and configuring the VPN Client in your computer, you have to 
perform the following steps:

 1.- Download OpenVPN client from the official page: 
 https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html
 2.- Execute the installer in default path: C:/Program Files/OpenVPN. 
 Otherwise, you will have to edit* the configuration file later on.
 3.- Go to VPN section in the left menu.
 4.- Select your desired VPN and click on the link to start downloading VPN 
 configuration files. These files are the following ones:
 4.1 Server certificate
 4.2 Client certificate
 4.3 Key
 4.4 OpenVPN configuration file
 5.- Copy these files to the following path: C:/Program Files/OpenVPN/config
 6.- Execute OpenVPN to start the VPN

 

If you have any more topics you want me to bring up, let me know!

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