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How to Setup VPN on a Nexus 7 Phone

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Monday, October 7th, 2013


Nexus 7 is an Android based tablet designed by Google and manufactured by Asus. The first version of the tablet was launched in July’ 2012 whereas its second generation was released in July’ 2013. The Nexus 7 has garnered a positive response from most reviewers and customers and it even won T3 magazine’s “Gadget of the Year” and “Tablet of the Year” awards in 2012. The second generation of the tablet comes with a 7 inch screen, 1.5 GHz processor, 1920×1200 display, 2 GB memory as well as 1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear cameras.

Need For A VPN On Nexus 7

Nexus 7 was developed to provide round the clock mobility and connectivity. The advanced connectivity features included in the tablet work seamlessly at public Wi-Fi hotspots available at shopping malls, airports, libraries, hotels and coffee shops. But you should also be aware that constant connectivity provided by most wireless networks comes at a price. The security at most commercial wireless networks is almost non-existent and exposes your personal details, including your passwords and bank login details, to hackers and snoopers connected to the network.

To secure your personal data and financial details while using your Nexus 7 tablet at public wireless networks, you must use an advanced security solution that creates an impregnable layer of security around your online activities. Virtual Private Networks are designed for such a purpose and they can help you to secure your passwords, credit card details and identity at low security wireless networks. VPNs can also assist you in unblocking IP restricted sites (Netflix, Hulu) and bypassing the censorship imposed by ISPs and network administrators (for unlocking sites like Skype, Facebook, YouTube).

Setting Up A VPN On Nexus 7

If you want to set up a VPN on your Nexus 7 then you can either opt for a PPTP or a L2TP based VPN connection. The PPTP VPN connections provide faster speeds and are easy to setup but they do not offer the best security. On the other hand, the L2TP based VPN connections offer a higher level of security but they are somewhat slower than the PPTP connections. Here are the steps required to setup a VPN on Nexus 7 tablet:

Step 1: Close all the apps and go to Nexus 7’s home screen.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings icon to initiate the VPN setup process. [Refer to Image 1]

Step 3: Tap on “Wireless and Network” option to view the networking options available to you. [Refer to Image 2]

Step 4: Next, tap on “VPN Settings” option to manage existing VPN connections or create a totally new VPN connection. [Refer to Image 3]

Step 5: Tap on the “Add VPN” option to create a PPTP or L2TP based VPN connection. [Refer to Image 4]

Step 6: Choose the VPN protocol for the new connection in the next screen. To create a new PPTP connection, tap on “Add PPTP VPN” whereas you need to tap on “Add L2TP/IPSec PSK VPN” option to create a L2TP/IPSec connection. [Refer to Image 5a, Image 5b]

Step 7: The next screen allows you to specify the connection parameters. First, choose an easy to remember connection name and type it in the VPN Name box. Although there is no restriction on choosing connections names, it would be better to use a meaningful name for the new connection. For example, including the server city and VPN provider name within the connection name would allow you to find and connect to the service faster.

Next, type the server URL or IP address in “Set VPN Server” input box. Refer to the welcome email or the FAQ section of your provider’s website in case you are not sure about this information. Also, if you wish to connect to different servers available with your VPN vendor then you either need to create multiple connections or change the server URL information before connecting to the service.

a). While creating a PPTP connection, make sure that the “Enable Encryption” option is set to On. You need to provide “DNS search domains” information only if the DNS Domain information is provided by your VPN vendor.

b). For creating L2TP/IPSec VPN connection, you would also need to specify the secret key provided by your VPN company. Tap on “Set IPSec pre-shared key” option and enter the key value provided by your service provider. Make sure that the checkbox next to “Enable L2TP Secret” option is checked and input the DNS information if it is available.

Save the new configuration by tapping on the Save button. After saving, the new connection name will appear in the list of available connections in the “VPN Settings” screen.

[PPTP screenshots – Refer to Image 6a, Image 6b, Image 6c, Image 6d, Image 6e]

[L2TP/IPSec screenshots – Refer to Image 7a, Image 7b, Image 7c, Image 7d, Image 7e, Image 7f]

Step 8: The final step is to test the newly created VPN connection. Tap on the connection name and enter your login/password information before tapping on the Connect button. As soon as the connection is established, you will see a key icon at the top of the screen and a “Connected” message below the name of the connection. If you want to disconnect from the service, tap on the connection name once again and then tap on the Disconnect option. [Refer to Image 8a, Image 8b]


October 7, 2013
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