How to build self hosted VPN server with Alphabet’s Outline VPN in China to bypass the GFW?

Hi,I am iQiQi.I had recommended 5 best VPN services that really works in China!If you dont want to use VPN when you travel or work remotely, actually you can build your own VPN server.As you know, we usually use VPN with multiple logins simultaneously on 5 devices  at most with a single VPN Account.If you have your VPN server, you can share it with your family, friends and workmates…And you can manage it by yourself.I have tested it and it works well in China.

So if you want to own a VPN server,I will recommend Alphabets Outline.As you know,Jigsaw is a Alphabets cybersecurity division, also is one of Googles sister companies, has released Outline VPN.Outline lets us easily provide our network safer access to the open internet.

Why we use Outline?

  • Internet access you can trust

Outline makes it easy for us to set up a corporate virtual private network (VPN) on our own server to more safely connect to the internet and keep our communication private.Outline is completely open source and was audited by Radically Open Security.

  • Strong privacy and security

Outline gives us control over our privacy by letting us operate our own server and Outline never logs our web traffic. Strong encryption helps keep our communications private.Outline servers automatically update with the latest security settings, so we dont have to worry about keeping software up-to-date.

  • Built for news organizations

Outline is easy to set up and manage. We can set up their own server in just a few minutes—no tech savvy required.Owning our server lets us control the number of people who have access to it, which can help maintain consistent internet speeds even during peak traffic hours.

Sign up DigitalOcean, gets $10 in credit

As you know, we need a cloud server provider.Outline works well with DigitalOcean that Outline recommend.The cheapest server plan is only $5 per month, allows 1TB of data bandwidth per month!DigitalOcean currently has data centers in 8 different cities — Amsterdam, Singapore, Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, San Francisco, Toronto and New York.If you are will be in China,I recommend Singapore that is next to China!I think its good enough for one person or a small group.

Sign up DigitalOcean account!

Visit DigitalOcean Site
Sign up DigitalOcean

Sign up DigitalOcean

Receive a confirm email from DigitalOcean and check out our email and confirm it.

Confirm DigitalOcean email

Confirm DigitalOcean email

DigitalOcean account verification.If we want to get $10 in credit for 12 months, we must sign up DigitalOcean with my referral link, and must add our own credit card.Card will be charged monthly for resources used.Or we can add our Paypal to our account.

DigitalOcean account verification

DigitalOcean account verification

We can check Billing on Settings page if we have received $10 in our credit. The cheapest droplet on DigitalOcean, which costs $5 per month.So we can use DigitalOcean free for 2 months.

DigitalOcean in credit

DigitalOcean in credit

Set up VPN server with Outline manager

Go to Outline official website and download Outline manager to start building our own VPN server.Outline manager is the software that manage our VPN server. Outline manager is available for Windows,Linux and macOS.

Outline manager download

Outline manager download

Install and run Outline manager on our computer.

Sign in DigitalOcean account

Sign in DigitalOcean account

It will ask us to log in using our Digital Ocean account and authorize Outline. We sign in our DigitalOcean account.

Authorize DigitalOcean account

Authorize DigitalOcean account

We choose a VPN server location, the best VPN servers for China are usually located in Asia or the West Coast U.S.We click SET UP OUTLINE to finish.

Choose VPN server location

Choose VPN server location

Outline manager will start to build VPN server automatically, we will wait for a moment.

Set up VPN server

Set up VPN server

After VPN server finished,Outline manager will generate default access key that is like password to allow our device to connect.We can also create another access key to share with others.

Build VPN server success

Build VPN server success

Download Outline client

Go to Outline official website and download Outline client.Outline client is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and IOS.

Download Outline clent

Download Outline clent

Install and run Outline client on our device.Outline client is the same UI/UX on all platform.We can open shared access link and Outline client will automatically detect. Or we can copy and paste an access key to add our server.

Add access key

Add access key

In the end, everything is ok. Just click connect to start. Check to see that it it can open Google, Facebook, or any other blocked website in China.

Outline client connects success

Outline client connects success

Alphabets Outline VPN Summary

Pros:

  • Easy to build VPN server
  • Really works in China
  • Easy to destroy and re-create a new server
  • No connections number limited

Cons:

  • Less server location options and IP addresses
  • Outline does not provide anonymity
  • Restricted  Netflix access

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All in all,Outline really works well in China.Actually relies on the Shadowsocks protocol. Shadowsocks is an open-source project to create an encrypted socks5 proxy to redirect internet traffic,but a VPN is like an encrypted tunnel between your device and a server. All your network traffic goes through this tunnel and the VPN server is the device talking to the internet.There are so many commercial VPN blocked in China, maybe its harder fo be blocked when we use Outline.After all, its developed by Alphabets cybersecurity division Jigsaw.Of course, you can choose commercial VPN service that I recommend for you:5 Best VPN for China 2018!

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