Knowledgebase: Network Connectivity
VPN Setup Guide for Windows
Posted by Barry Bahrami on 30 October 2015 10:52 AM

Thank you for subscribing to our VPN service. This service is designed to enable you to tunnel thru ISP’s with restrictive peering policies and enjoy connectivity to one of the most connected networks on the Internet. You will soon be enjoying all of the IPv4 and V6 Internet. This document is intended to help you get started. It contains login details you will need to access the VPN. Please keep it secured.

Please install the SoftEther VPN client in your machine. They can can also be downloaded directly from SoftEther here: http://www.softether-download.com/en.aspx?product=softether

Open the client manager after installing the SoftEther VPN Client and click to add a new VPN connection. The first time you add a new connection, the SoftEther VPN Client will prompt you to add a VPN NIC. Please walk thru it to add the NIC. You will need a NIC for each simultaneous connection you intend to maintain. For example, if you have a second VPN connection to another office then you will want to setup two NIC’s.

After the NIC is installed, click to add a new VPN connection again.


Setting Name: Enter any descriptive name

Host Name: You can connect to a VPN hub located in any CNS datacenter. We recommend you select the one closest to you, unless you have a specific reason to use another. If you are not sure which is closest to you then try a ping to each and pick the one with the least latency. They are:

vpn.la.commercialnetworkservices.net (Los Angeles)
vpn.nyc.commercialnetworkservices.net (New York)
vpn.uk.commercialnetworkservices.net (UK)

After you enter the host name, move to the Virtual Hub Name. They will auto populate with two choices. They are:


AnonymousVPN: This VPN hub will assign you a private IPv4 and v6 address. We will then change your public IP address based on the egress point on our network to the remote network you are contacting. For example, if the remote network is peered with us in Los Angeles, then your public IP to that host will be from our Los Angeles datacenter. And if the remote network is peered with us in Europe, then that host will see an IP from our UK datacenter. This will provide a static “enough” public IP address for you to work online, while changing it frequently enough to make tracking difficult. Please keep in mind that this does not prevent other methods of tracking your online activity, so be sure to disable cookies and such. We do not log these connections, however we do employ real time abuse sensors. Please remember - this service is intended to help protect your privacy. It is not a license to behave badly on the Internet and we will respond appropriately if it comes to our attention. This hub is unlikely to comply with most corporate policies becuase activity is not logged.

Anonymous with TOR: This hub will connect you directly to the onion network (TOR).  No extra software is required.  This is the ultimate in online privacy!
 
Anonymous_Pub_Static_IP_VPN: This VPN hub will assign you a single public IPv4 and v6 for the duration of your VPN session. We do maintain connection logs to be in compliance with most corporate policies. Logs are only available by subpoena or request of the account owner.

San Diego Web Cam: Select this VPN hub if you only want to use this VPN service to view the San Diego Web Cam in 720p.  It is configured to only pass traffic to/from the cam so you can keep it enabled if you like.

NOTE: To prevent abuse, SMTP port 25 is blocked by default. Please instead use your mail providers port 587 with authentication.


Select the Virtual Hub most appropriate for your use.


Move on to User Authentication Settings and set Auth Type to RADIUS or NT Domain Authentication.

User name: [Will be provided after you subscribe]
Password:

In the Advanced Settings section, click the Advanced Settings button.
Edit the number of TCP connections as appropriate for the speed of your subscribed Internet service. For broadband, select about 8 connections. And for dial-up, leave it at one. You can experiment to find the best for you. This setting will establish multiple TCP streams to increase throughput over high latency connections

By default, connecting to the VPN hub will route all IP traffic through the VPN connection because it becomes available to your client as a default route. If you only want specific traffic to route through the VPN or if you are installing into a cloud hosted service, check the box ‘No Adjustments of Routing Table”. You can then manually add the more specific route in the client terminal. Please contact support for assistance.


Click “ok” to save the VPN Connection Setting

Connecting to the VPN:


In the SoftEther Client Manager, double click on the CNS VPN connection. You are now connected via VPN to the CNS network. Enjoy!


 

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