Can you share VPN through a hotspot?
I have a smartphone with Android 4.4 installed. As it happens, I don't use the app OpenVPN Connect for any reason. On that particular day, my mobile internet connection only allows for one application at a time, so I cannot update the mobile version of my blog, nor my desktop version.
I can download the app and set it up in 15 minutes or less. The only thing is: I'm using a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet through a different provider. The Wi-Fi hotspot has a different IP address than my phone's hotspot (it's not public Wi-Fi). When you use VPN connections, your IP address changes every time you reconnect (even if your local area network doesn't change), and the DNS requests used to fetch IP addresses from the internet will be directed to the new IP address assigned to the VPN client. Since OpenVPN Connect doesn't provide a mechanism to specify the DNS server address, it could end up being the server assigned to me by the Wi-Fi hotspot's ISP, rather than the DNS server I use when connected to my laptop.
Is there any way to connect to an OpenVPN server while connected to Wi-Fi through a hotspot provider? Can I use a VPN application that works as a hotspot, which would mean that the VPN connection is routed through the hotspot provider's server? If it can't be done, is there any other VPN provider that does? What about using OpenVPN from the cloud? Would a client on the phone connect through the remote cloud server and VPN through the local network's Wi-Fi hotspot? The goal here is simply to be able to use a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect with my VPN provider, and to be able to bypass all the other services offered by that provider's mobile app (mobile site, SMS, etc. Is that possible? I read around that OpenVPN needs you to be the root user and create a config file when using it as a VPN, this creates more problems then it solves. So what can be done to make sure that the user, has access to the config file where OpenVPN stores its data? I know that there are ways to disable some data security features like encryption, but I just want a way to have the freedom to use my phone for whatever it was intended to be used for, while still being safe from prying eyes.
How do I use VPN and hotspot at the same time?
I'd like to be able to connect to my hotspot, and at the same time use VPN software to connect to the internet. When I'm connected to my hotspot, I can browse the internet through it. But when I'm connected to VPN I can't browse anything.
Is there a way to combine the two so I can both use VPN and connect to my hotspot? When I'm connected to VPN I can't browse anything. Is there a way to combine the two so I can both use VPN and connect to my hotspot? If you are asking about bridging then the answer is no. In order to do it you need access to the hotspot's Wi-Fi router/modem/DHCP server and then some special equipment (access point, extender, etc).
The best you can do is to use the VPN software that supports proxy configuration and try to use it as a proxy for your hotspot connection. However, you may have to setup things manually (add some special DNS records, forward all traffic to the hotspot, etc.) and there are reasons why this solution will not always work (eg DNS caching).
How do I share my VPN connection?
I am sharing my VPN connection with my friend and we both set up a shared device. I am using OpenVPN. How do I do this with OpenVPN? I see the option on his computer to "Connect to OpenVPN" but that will not let me connect. I have my user name and password in and I have tried to log into VPNConnection Manager and all I get is a white screen and it won't let me connect from any of the accounts in VPN Connection Manager
I'm just trying to make my laptop work like any other internet connection. But, I found this: What is the name of the file you need to edit in order to share the internet? Do I need to add anything to it to share my connection or is it all in there? I did some testing yesterday and found out that no matter which account I create or even if I leave one of the default ones in place I get a white screen instead of being able to connect. There is no error or anything. I'm in Ubuntu 14.04.
If you are using OpenVPN Server, then it is the easiest thing to do. Right click on the openvpn directory and click on Share Connection.
You will be asked for a group name, and a password (or username for your friend). After that, click apply, and when it asks you for permission to change the group and password, type in your password to change the password, then click apply.
Your friend will then be asked to select the same group name and enter the same password. The next time you use OpenVPN Server to connect to the server (and give your friend the same details as you gave them), they will be prompted to allow you access to the network.
If you are using OpenVPN Client, you will need to download an openvpn client such as openvpn (), and follow their guide to connect to the VPN. Edit: I am having a problem getting the sharing to work in my laptop. My friend uses Windows 7 and I'm using Linux Mint 15.
How do I share VPN on my smartphone?
Here's a question often asked by clients who come from countries that block VPN services. The usual way VPN works is that the device provides the gateway to access a tunneling server (eg in Germany this would be an IP address or a dedicated VPN proxy in some countries). The server provides the encryption connection with your router and the client. All you have to do is make sure that you connect to your VPN first of all and then connect to the desired website.
Many people think this is a no-brainer. But, what if you are already behind a firewall or need to access multiple sites in your workplace while you are sitting behind the firewall? In this case, you will have to go beyond what I just described. Because it's almost impossible to forward your VPN tunnel with VPN only client software.
In this post, I will explain how you can set up and use a VPN connection in your smartphone to access a virtual private network tunnel. You will need a smartphone running Android or iOS operating system or any other platform that supports mobile network connections. If you're not sure, your device should be connected to a WiFi connection and you should be able to browse the web.
I assume that your smartphone is connected to your local WiFi connection. But, this doesn't need to be the case. You can configure your smartphone to use your home WiFi network as an Access Point (AP) to broadcast your cell network connection. If you don't want to do this and you are connected to a 4G or 3G network, please refer to another blog post.
Setting up your smartphone to act as a VPN access point. Before you start sharing a VPN connection over your smartphone, you will have to install a VPN client that you can use with that connection. I recommend the following one: Open the VPN client from your home LAN. For example, I used my Android phone to connect to a WLAN hotspot from the German T-Mobile company. The same process applies when you connect to your mobile network. But instead of getting a VPN connection, you will get a Mobile Hotspot configuration.