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A VPN client is an end device, software or user that is seeking connection, network or data services from a VPN.
It is part of the VPN infrastructure and is the end recipient of VPN services.
A VPN client can be a standalone purpose-built device or a standard computing or networking device installed and configured with VPN client software.
Typically, a VPN client first connects to a VPN server before it can make use of the VPN services. After providing user credentials and authentication, the VPN client is connected to the VPN. Some organizations provide a purpose-built VPN client that is a hardware device preinstalled with VPN software.