MAC OSX 10.5 L2TP/IPSec Tutorial

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Our list of tutorials is getting pretty long and we keep adding to it!

We have just published a new tutorial on how to configure an L2TP/IPSec connection on MAC OSX 10.5. You will see it is a pretty straight-forward process.

L2TP/IPSec provides enhanced security compared to PPTP, so if you are using PPTP on your MAC we encourage you to check L2TP and switch over.

L2TP/IPSec will work with shared IPs and with your dedicated uk vpn, usa vpn … Enjoy this new and fast vpn protocol!

 


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L2TP/IPSec VPN Configuration on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

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We are going to cover a much awaited topic for our Linux users and something that we haven't seen explained in any other VPN sites: How to easily install and run L2TP/IPSec VPN on Ubuntu 11.04.

We will be using Werner Jaeger l2tp-ipsec-vpn software.

First we install l2tp-ipsec-vpn from a terminal window and reboot the computer so all changes are applied:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:werner-jaeger/ppa-werner-vpn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install l2tp-ipsec-vpn
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"
sudo shutdown -r now 

The gsettings line is to allow the systray L2TP/IPSec configuration/connection icon to appear on System Tray (just necessary for default Ubuntu Natty Narwhal desktop manager, Unity). More info here.

Now we should have a new icon in the System Tray area showing two computers. This is the L2tp IPSec VPN icon.

We right click on it, choose Edit Connections.

We add a new connection named i.e. TUVPN_L2TP_IPSec.

We configure first Tab IPSec as follows:

L2TP/IPSec VPN Configuration on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal - IPSec Tab

So we just need to type the desired VPN server we want to connect to and the pre-shared key where we type 'tuvpn' without the quotes.

 

The L2TP Tab we leave it as it is, no change.

 

Finally on the PPP Tab we click on Allow these protocols and we mark Microsoft CHAP Version 2. We also enter our VPN username and password:

L2TP/IPSec VPN Configuration on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal - PPP Tab

We don't change any other settings. We are ready to go!

 

So now we go back to the L2tp IPSec VPN icon, we choose the newly created L2TP connexion and that's it:

L2TP/IPSec VPN Configuration on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal - Connection

 

You should now be connected to TUVPN.COM via L2TP/IPSEC from your Ubuntu 11.04!:

L2TP/IPSec VPN Configuration on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal - Verification

And enjoy the best vpn service you will find on the net! Remember that L2TPIPsec will also work with our Dedicated IP service so you can also get your uk vpn or usa vpn working with L2TP!


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New Android 2.2 PPTP VPN Tutorial

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Android 2.2 TUVPN PPTP TutorialWe have finally completed the long awaited Android 2.2 PPTP VPN Tutorial. Sorry for the delay but we are really busy (guess that this is good for us! :D).

There were plenty of customers already using TUVPN on Android terminals (pretty easy to setup), but we wanted to give some more formal support to it.

This tutorial is for PPTP VPN. We will prepare a new one for OpenVPN over Android as soon as possible.

This tutorial has been prepared, thanks to one of our very kind customers!, on a Samsung Galaxy Tab.


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New Custom OpenVPN Client with Password Save enabled!

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TUVPN.COM is delighted to announce the release of its new and customised OpenVPN client!

 

Make Your Life Easier With a Simple Upgrade.

 

Why Upgrade:

  1. Password Save feature – you will no longer have to manually input your VPN username and password every time you connect to the TUVPN network.
  2. Global VPN Server Menu – for Shared IP customers, when connecting to the TUVPN network, you will be presented with a preset list of the VPN servers in the network.
  3. Newest OpenVPN Version – the new TUVPN.COM OpenVPN client is based on latest openvpn version 2.1.4.

 

 

For more information of this OpenVPN client upgrade, please visit our FAQ on this topic.

 

Should you have any queries or questions, please feel free to send us a Support ticket via your Client Area.

 

TUVPN.COM – the serious VPN network, where performance and customer care are the only things that matter.


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How to Define a Multi Choice Menu in OpenVPN GUI

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Instead of having to have to edit a configuration file every time you want to change your OpenVPN server, how would you like a multi-choice menu like this? It is very easy to do.

All you have to do is to create an individual script for each configuration and place it under the OpenVPN config folder.

First of all copy & paste the default tuvpn.ovpn configuration file and rename that as the server name of your choice (e.g Amsterdam, London etc)

The next thing you need to do is to open this file in notepad (as an administrator if you are using Vista and Windows7) and change the connection string to “remote amsterdam.tuvpn.com 1194” (amsterdam used here as an example… you can use any server name of your choice). Save the changes and exit.

All you are seeing in the above menu is the filename before the .ovpn extension  and 'Random' is the name given to the default config file (which has vpn.tuvpn.com as server) Now, when you go to the OpenVPN GUI tool and hover the cursor over one of the entries, you will get the usual menu as below.

You can also set up OpenVPN to use a password.txt file as per FAQ instructions, so all these servers connect automatically.

It took about 10 minutes and makes changing server a breeze !


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