One of the features provided by the Elphaware software is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). The VPN tool allows you to safely connect to the internet from wherever you are, even if the underlying network is unsecured or untrusted.
To connect to the VPN:
- Install Elphaware onto your computer if it is not already present.
- Open Elphaware by selecting it in the system tray.
- Select the VPN tab, as shown below.
- Click the "Connect" button (leave "Decentralized" unselected).
- Wait for up to two minutes until the VPN Status says "Connected to network". You will also see your new IP Address.
At this point, all of your internet traffic is encrypted and you can safely use the internet from any unsecured location. Note that if you reboot your computer, you will need to connect to the VPN again.
Centralized vs Decentralized VPN
By default, the VPN is in Centralized mode, meaning that all outgoing traffic is encrypted and directed through a central node. In addition, each computer connected to the VPN gets its own virtual IP address. If you send traffic to these IP addresses (denoted 10.248.*.*), the data will be encrypted between the two computers.
By using the virtual IP addresses, you can communicate with other devices in your organization that are also connected to the VPN. Thus, you can securely access office resources such as:
- Network drives
- Remote desktop login
If you would like to access these resources without routing all outgoing traffic through the VPN, you can connect in Decentralized mode. Note that if you are already connected in Centralized mode, you must disconnect first.
Finally, you can view the other devices connected to your virtual network by clicking on the "View Network" button.