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I have a Huawei U8160 (also known as Vodafone 858 Smart) which is running CyanogenMod7.2

There are settings for VPN which are empty. I was wondering if the VPN server setting should be set to a real server?

Or should I just not touch it?

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Enter your server's detail. –  roxan Jun 18 '12 at 16:39
    
i don't know i'm asking –  Mohamed Essam Jun 18 '12 at 17:24
    
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you're asking here. It sounds like you may need to simply read some tutorials/documentation about how VPNs work or how to set one up for yourself. That's a bit out-of-scope for this site, if it's what you're looking for. –  eldarerathis Jun 18 '12 at 18:00
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What would be the counterpart to a real VPN server be? –  Flow Jun 18 '12 at 21:21
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I think you stumbled upon the VPN settings and just want to know what it is? –  ce4 Jun 18 '12 at 21:38
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

A VPN is a virtual private network.

Your device connects to a VPN server through a public connection and tunnels a second virtual and private (to you) connection through the VPN server to see all devices that are protected behind the VPN server (such as a company's whole network infrastructure for example).

This feature is mostly used for road warriors that want to connect to a company's internal network resources like email / internal web sites and so on. Other uses are: Securely connect two different company sites virtually, working from a home office...

It's generally not for normal users (Cyanogenmod includes it for some power users that also connect to a VPN).

See Wikipedia for more.

Regarding your question: Leave the setting empty, you just don't need it most probably.

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