Directions to Use VPN Activator for the Setup of L2TP Server on Mac OSX Client Operating System

VPN Activator is a free application that serves as a GUI for the VPN servers, which are hidden by default, in the Mac OSX client operating system. It is used for the configuration and start/stop of the desired server out of PPTP & L2TP servers that are hidden in the Mac OS. A step by step tutorial guide to enable this tool to configure the hidden L2TP server on your Mac is as given below.

  • Double click on the icon of the VPN activator to run it.
  • In the box displayed, you will be prompted to enter values in the ‘From’ and ‘To’ fields under IP Address Range. Enter values here to configure the desired range of IP addresses that you wish to configure the connection for.
  • In the next field, you need to enter the desired address for the DNS server.
  • Then, you have the fields of ‘username’ and ‘password’, which you can fill in according to your convenience.
  • Then comes the ‘shared secret’ field, in which you need to enter the code that will be used to access this shared connection. Try to make it such that it’ll be easy for you to remember and hard for others to guess.
  • After getting done with the settings, you need to click on the ON/OFF switch to start the server, which would start if modifications are correctly made. The fields in the configuration settings are inactivated after the establishment of connection to the server. If you wish to make any changes in the configuration settings, you need to stop the server and activate the fields.
  • In order to connect to an L2TP VPN server with your system, you should configure the Airport Extreme for port forwarding to your Mac with UDP500, 4500 & 1701 ports.
  • Open the Airport Utility manager and then go to its advanced settings and then select the option ‘port mapping’ to proceed with the configuration of the Airport Utility for your VPN connection.
  • Click on the button having ‘plus’ symbol on it to create a new port mapping.
  • You will get the setup assistant for port mapping, where you need to fill in the desired details to get the post mapping done. In the field marked ‘public UDP ports’, enter the port numbers that you want to configure, i.e., 500, 1701, 4500.
  • In the ‘Private IP Address’ field, enter the IP address of the Mac based system, which you are configuring for the connection. In the next field named ‘Private UDP Port’ enter the same value of ports as that entered in the ‘Public UDP Port’ field.
  •  Click on the ‘Continue’ button proceed to the next screen to fill in the description for the same, which would make it easy for you to recognize the port mapping configuration like L2TP.
  • Then click on the ‘done’ button to finish the process.
  • After this, configure the VPN provider with this and continue and then activate the connection.

With this, you are able to activate the hidden L2TP server in Mac and connect using the same with your home VPN network.

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