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Setting up VPN on Windows XP

Select VPN protocol

 
 
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OS support
Port
Device support
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability,
reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking
on Firewall
 

PPTP

The easiest way — if you want to provide only the change of location when data protection is not important.

+ Easy to set up, supported by all devices and OS
The lowest level of protection
OS support all operating systems
Port 1723 TCP
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

L2TP

When you need to change the location and protect of the transferred data, and the data transfer speed is not important.

+ Easy to set up, more secure than PPTP
Not always passes through the Firewall
OS support all operating systems (on Linux required to install additional packages)
Port 500 UDP
Device support supported by most devices (routers require additional configuration)
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

OpenVPN

The best choice — allows to ensure high security, speed and reliability.

+ Most secure
Requires to install additional software
OS support all operating systems, requires to install additional software
Port any TCP/UDP port
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

In spite of it's impressive age and cessation of support, Windows XP is still one of the most popular operating systems. Users are attracted by it's comfort and simplicity: it takes only a few minutes to setup a connection via VPN on Windows XP. The current operating system is mostly used on outdated computers. That is why such data transfer security and anonymization is highly suitable due to low system requirements.

In order to setup secure VPN-connection via OpenVPN protocol on Windows XP you will need to install a special utility and make proper settings in it's control panel. The application is freeware, you can download it from the official website. However, you should take into account the operating system bit size.

An alternative method of VPN-connection creation is setup via PPTP and L2TP protocols, using standard Windows XP means. It doesn’t require any additional software installation.

The aforementioned methods are equal in terms of user-friendliness. You can find more details about the difference between them in proper articles on our website.

In order to setup VPN-connection, choose the required protocol and go through the described steps.

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