VPN Wireguard Server vs Client

Do I need to set up both a VPN Wireguard Server as well as a Client or just one or the other. If I only need one, which is preferable? Thanks.

To determine whether you need to set up both a VPN WireGuard server and a client, or just one of them, it’s essential to understand what you aim to achieve with the VPN connection. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

  1. VPN WireGuard Server: Setting up a VPN server is necessary if you want to allow multiple clients (such as your laptop, phone, or other devices) to connect to your network securely from different locations. Essentially, the server acts as a gateway to your network, providing secure access to resources within that network. You would set up a WireGuard server if you want to:
  • Access your home or office network securely from remote locations.
  • Provide a secure connection for multiple devices to access internal network resources.
  1. VPN WireGuard Client: Setting up a VPN client is required on each device that you want to connect to the VPN server. The client software establishes a secure connection to the VPN server, allowing the device to access the network and its resources securely. You would set up a WireGuard client on devices that need secure access to:
  • Your home or office network when you are away.
  • A remote server or service that requires a secure connection.

Which is preferable? It depends on your specific needs:

  • If you’re looking to access a network securely from a remote location, you need to set up a WireGuard server on the network you want to access and a WireGuard client on the device(s) you want to access the network from.
  • If you’re looking to connect to an existing WireGuard server (for example, a service provided by your workplace or a commercial VPN provider that supports WireGuard), then you only need to set up a WireGuard client on your device.

In summary, most scenarios where you want to create a secure network connection to access resources remotely will require both a server setup on the network you’re accessing and a client setup on the devices that will access that network. However, if your goal is simply to connect to an existing WireGuard server, setting up the client on your device would suffice.

This was generated using ChatGPT because my answer would be: If you don’t know anything, don’t enable anything. :smile: