Steps to Manually Set Up an L2TP Based VPN Connection on Windows 7

Most of the VPN providers have their own dedicated clients, which provide an ease of access to the users of its VPN service, but still there are some that offer this service without any client software. For such types of VPN services, users need to set up the VPN connection on their own, where the following guide will help VPN users to set up an L2TP VPN connection on a system running on windows 7 OS.

  • Start by opening network connections through “start, then control panel” to open the control panel window.
  • From here, click on the ‘network and internet’ option and then select the option to display network tasks and status.
  • Now select the option ‘setup a new connection’ to start creating a new connection. After this, you will get a list of connection types that you can create. Click on the workplace network option and then ‘next’ to proceed.
  • In the next step, you will be asked for the mode of connection, from which you need to click on the ‘VPN’ option. This will take you to a small form asking for ‘destination name’ and ‘internet address’.
  • The Internet address is the IP address of the VPN service and you will be able to find it in the welcome mail from your VPN provider. The other field needs to be filled with a name that will help you to recognize this connection later on. Click on the ‘next’ button to proceed.
  • With this step, the creation of a new VPN connection is almost done and now you are prompted to log in credentials of your service. Enter the required details and then click on ‘connect’ to test the connection. A successful connection provides an assurance of the required setup.
  • Now open the list of available connections, locate the connection that you created now and right click on its name.
  • Select the ‘properties’ option from the drop down menu to configure the connection.
  • Move to the networking tab and change the ‘type of VPN’ to ‘L2TP/IPSec.
  • Click on the ‘advanced settings’ button and fill in the pre-shared key for the connection that you will get from your VPN provider. Click on ‘OK’ button to save the settings and then connect to the network to use this service.

Connect to the service

To establish a connection to the L2TP VPN service, double-click on the connection name that you just created and then click on the ‘connect’ option. You might need to enter the log in credentials, if you haven’t saved it during the creation of the connection to make a connection.

Disconnect from the service

The process to disconnect from the service is same as that for the establishment of the connection, with the only difference that you will get the ‘disconnect’ option instead of ‘connect’, if you are already connected to the service.

So, with these steps, you are able to manually create and configure a VPN connection to be used with L2TP protocol service on your system running on windows 7 OS.

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