If you haven’t yet tried Tailscale yet, I highly recommend to do it. In this short post I’ll show how you can easily start your own VPN on DigitalOcean Droplet with help of Tailscale.
I had a need to create a VPN to view some resources as not from my real location. For my use case I needed to build something on my own because paid solutions didn’t work for that use case.
The first thing which came to my mind was OpenVPN. But have you seen how complex is to setup OpenVPN and make everything to work?
For example, there is a great tutorial on DigitalOcean website on how to setup OpenVPN server. This tutorial consists of 12 steps. So many steps to spin-off some piece of software which will forward your traffic from that node to the world.
I remembered about Tailscale. It promotes itself as VPN (but actually is something bigger), simple to setup, should solve the same problem but faster. Let’s give it a try.