Running a VPN server on your Pi allows you to connect to your home network from a remote location using a mobile device (or another computer) through a secure “tunnel”. You then access the internet via your home network rather than the local network i.e. with the security of your home router and its public IP address.
Here’s a couple of practical examples of why a VPN server installed on your Pi could be useful:
- You can do your online banking in a cafe without worrying about the security of the local wifi connection
- If you are abroad you can watch catch-up TV services only available at home; so if you reside in the UK this means you can watch Match of the Day on BBC iPlayer!
Why am I installing OpenVPN on OSMC rather than on Raspian? Well if you want to use your Pi as a media box sitting under your TV then OSMC is a good choice of operating system; but it’s not going to be doing much when your not at home so it seems a sensible choice to utilise it as a VPN server as well.
Setting up a VPN server on your Pi should not be confused with setting up a VPN client on your Pi. A VPN client effectively hides your home location from the rest of the internet, a VPN server makes the internet think you’re at home when you are not.
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