Step Wise Instructions for Setup & Configuration of an L2TP VPN Connection for Mac OS Users

The Mac OS from Apple provides a simple access to create new network connections and use the internet service. Similarly, it is easy to create a VPN connection from an L2TP based VPN connection, which is explained in a stepwise guide as provided below.

  • To start with the creation of the L2TP VPN connection on your Mac based system, you need to access the network manager. For this, go to the ‘system preferences’, look for the ‘network’ option in it and click on it.
  • You will get the network window, where you can create a new connection. On the left side of the window, you will see a list of available connections and at the bottom of this list window, you will find an icon with a ‘plus’ symbol. Click on it to create a new connection.
  • You will be prompted for the basic information about the new connection. For the ‘interface’ option, select the value as ‘VPN’ and in the field ‘service name’ enter the name for the connection, which will help you recognize the connection later on.
  • After selecting the ‘interface’ as VPN, an additional field ‘VPN Type’ will be added to the form, which is set to ‘L2TP’ by default. Leave it as such or change the value to ‘L2TP’, if not so, for an L2TP based connection.
  • Click on the ‘create’ button after filling in all the details to create the connection.
  • You will get the name of the connection, which you created now, in the list of available connections. Click on this connection to proceed with the configuration settings for your new VPN connection.
  • You will get a form with fields for ‘server address’ and ‘account name’. The server address and the account name for the VPN service are provided in the welcome mail, which you might have received after registering with the service. Enter the details from the mail in the required fields.
  • After completing this form, click on the ‘authentication settings’ button, which will take you to another form, where you need to fill in the password and the shared secret for the VPN connection.
  • The shared secret and the password are also contained in the welcome mail from the VPN service provider, which you should enter in their respective fields. Click on ‘OK’ to save these values and continue with the setup.
  • Now click on the ‘apply’ button at the bottom and then on the ‘advanced’ button above it, to save the changes made and continue to the next step of the setup.
  • In the advanced settings menu, check the box for ‘sending all the traffic over the VPN connection’ and then click on ‘OK’ to proceed.
  • Also, check the box to enable the display of the status of the VPN connection in the menu bar. This will add to your convenience of connecting and disconnecting from the VPN server.

With this, the creation and the configuration of the VPN connection for an L2TP based service is done on Mac OS based system. Now click on the ‘connect’ button to connect to the VPN service and enjoy anonymous browsing.

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