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

Network and Sharing Center

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

Connect to a workplace

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

create a new connection

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

Choose Use my Internet connection (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

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

6. Type username and password

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

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

advanced properties window

10. Test your connection

test your connection

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 to make sure it’s working OK.

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

After connected to VPN:

after connected to VPN

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