VPN Client

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What Does VPN Client Mean?

A VPN client is an end device, software or user that is seeking connection, network or data services from a VPN.

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It is part of the VPN infrastructure and is the end recipient of VPN services.

Techopedia Explains VPN Client

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.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.