How to Setup L2TP VPN Client on Windows 7

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Although you might already have a special program from your VPN vendor sometimes you want to use manual setup because you might be restricted by system and cannot add any program to your computer like mine here or for any other reason.

Below is steps to configure manual VPN client using build in windows 7 facility:

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center and click Connect to a network

How To Setup L2TP VPN

2. Double click Connect to a workplace. Set up a dial-up or VPN connection to your workplace.

Connect to a workplace - How To Setup L2TP VPN

3. On Connect to a Workplace windows choose No, create a new connection and click Next

create a new connection - How To Setup L2TP VPN

4. On How do you want to connect? Choose Use my Internet connection (VPN)

Choose Use my Internet connection (VPN) - How To Setup L2TP VPN

5. Internet address, you can fill this with ip address or hostname that you got from your VPN provider or administrator. In my case I got this from unlimited VPN, but they don’t give guidance to setup on any device, that is why I create this posting. Choose Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later.

Internet address - How To Setup L2TP VPN

6. Type username and password, you also got this from VPN provider or your administrator.

6. Type username and password - How To Setup L2TP VPN

7. After this connection created, go back to Network connections window. Highlight connection that you just made, right click and choose properties.

Network connections window - How To Setup L2TP VPN

8. On the properties, click Security Tab and choose Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec (L2TP/IP Sec)
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec - How To Setup L2TP VPN
9. On advanced properties window > Use preshared key for authentication, enter the key you got from your VPN provider.

advanced properties window - How To Setup L2TP VPN

10. Test your connection

test your connection - How To Setup L2TP VPN

When configured correctly you should see that your IP now change according to VPN location you have choose, in my case Australia. I checked with www.ipaddresslocation.org to make sure it’s working OK.

Before connected to VPN:
before connected to VPN - How To Setup L2TP VPN
We are using websense for web filtering system with IP address 116.50.60.180 (location Singapore) and our actual IP address is 121.52.61.182 (location Jakarta). Other IP to location provider usually only detect last IP address which is websense IP address but ipaddresslocation.org can detect the real IP address behind websense and this is good.

After connected to VPN:

after connected to VPN - How To Setup L2TP VPN

After connect to Australian VPN, ipaddresslocation reporting 116.50.60.180 (Singapore) and the real IP address is 168.1.3.134 (Sydney-Autralia). Other IP to location services might only reporting 116.50.60.180 as your IP Address.

If this is enough for you than fine, go use this. But if you still want to get rid of websense IP address you may need to configure SSH tunnel which you can find here.

 

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