Windows PC Secure WebDAV Serverjin-jang2

WebDAV allows you to securely access files over the internet using SSL encryption from a remote server that is configured as a mapped drive on a local PC using Windows Explorer. It is superior to FTP because it is far easier to implement secure WebDAV than it is to implement secure FTP (normal FTP is not a problem) if your router uses NAT (as most do). Read More –>


Windows PC FTP Serverrailroad-tracks

FTP is the senior citizen of file transfer protocols, and even though it’s old, it’s still rather active and useful. To the downside, in a manner of speaking, the world has chosen to ignore some of its good points by choosing to not make room for them in commonly available networking products, thus marginalizing a productive old timer.

Both Windows Server 2012 and Windows 7 allow a computer to become an FTP server by activating the FTP feature in Information Information Services (IIS). Configuration afterward is a snap and is virtually identical on both architectures. Read More –>

Windows PC PPTP Serverbirds on a wire

It’s fairly easy to set up a PPTP VPN server. Until 2012, they were considered secure. Now they’re considered mostly secure, which is a nice way of saying not secure. Even so, they’re still in use and manufacturers make PPTP oriented VPN servers a common option for file transfers. Read More –>

tunnel-626789_640DD-WRT + SSH Server = Easy Secure Browsing Over Public WiFi

Why do they make it so hard? All you want to do is browse using public WiFi without;

  1. Being hacked
  2. Paying for a VPN service
  3. Transforming into a Brainiac just to set up OpenVPN

You’re not helpless. You’ve already set up DD-WRT on your home router and you feel proud of yourself. You should. It’s not easy to find the correct release, install it properly, and update it when necessary. OpenVPN is not terribly difficult to install and configure, but it requires a lot of work involving programs and concepts you’ve probably never been exposed to before. Read More –>



 OpenVPN And DD-WRT Part 1tunnel-429456_640

Wouldn’t it be great if you could use free internet and not worry if the goof ball at the next table or stranger in the hotel room next door is recording everything you do? Well, you can if you use a properly secured VPN. The term’VPN’ refers to a Virtual Private Network. Think of your internet session as being enclosed by a tunnel.  Some VPNs are more secure than others. One locked down by a free program called OpenVPN is as private as you can get.

With OpenVPN, you can use a public internet connection to privately connect to your home router and flow through your home internet connection just as if you were sitting at home all along. Your internet session will be as secure as your home internet.  Read More –>

 OpenVPN And DD-WRT Part 2vaulted-cellar-247391_640

We’re better than half way there. You’ve made arrangements with a DDNS provider and have  your own URL that points to your DD-WRT router. You’ve downloaded and installed OpenVPN. You’ve used OpenVPN to create some certificates and keys that you’ll later copy to various places. And you’ve done it all without having to learn anything complicated about certificate authorities or web servers or SSL. Easy as pie.

This is the home stretch. 

 OpenVPN And DD-WRT Part 3book-tunnel-11287160032j7BO

The biggest problems with learning how to set up an OpenVPN server on a DD-WRT router are all the details that have to be waded through. Even my articles throw a lot of mud against the wall. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one separate article that contained only the high points and skipped the details you  don’t need to slog through more than once?

Look no further. The details aren’t going away. If you want them you can review DD-WRT and OpenVPN – Part 1 and/or DD-WRT and OpenVPN – Part 2.

This is the Quickie-Mart version. Concise summaries of how to install and configure OpenVPN server on DD-WRT are below.  Read More –>