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How To Setup L2TP VPN On Windows 8

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


The L2TP protocol is a very popular VPN protocol that offers high level of security and compatibility. The protocol is usually available through a built-in client that is bundled with operating systems like Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. In this article, you will learn how to setup a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection on a Windows 8 machine.

How To Manually Configure L2TP/IPsec VPN on Windows 8

Before configuring a VPN service on Windows 8, it is advisable to download and install latest Windows updates. To check for latest updates, open Control Panel and click on “Check for Updates” option available within “Windows Update” section [Refer to Image]. Once the update is complete, restart your computer and follow the steps given below to setup the VPN:

Step 1:  Open the Control Panel window by right-clicking on the bottom left corner of the screen and selecting Control Panel option in Windows Quick Access Menu. [Refer to Image 1]

Step 2:  Through the Control Panel screen, click on “Network and Internet” option and then on “View Network Status and Tasks” option. [Refer to Image 2]

Step 3:  In the “Networking and Sharing Center” screen, click on “Set up a new connection or network”. [Refer to Image 3]

Step 4: In the next window, choose “Connect to a workplace” option from the list of connection options. Click on the “Next” button to continue with the setup process. [Refer to Image 4]

Step 5:  Next, you need to specify how the VPN service should connect to the internet. Click on “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)” option to proceed ahead. [Refer to Image 5]

Step 6:  In the next window you would be asked for VPN server details. Enter the VPN server URL (or its IP address) in the Internet Address input box. It is highly likely that your VPN service provider may have VPN servers at multiple locations so make sure that you enter the server URL that you are interested in using. Check the welcome email or the VPN provider’s website in case you are not sure about the exact server URL.

In the same window, specify a name that would be used to identify the VPN connection. Choose an easy to remember name and enter it in the “Destination Name” input box. Click on “Remember my credentials” and “Allow other people to use this connection” if required and then on Create button to finish the setup process. [Refer to Image 6]

Step 7:  Next, you need to configure L2TP settings. Click on Monitor icon present at the lower right hand corner of the screen, right click on the VPN connection name and select the Properties option. [Refer to Image 7a and Image 7b]

Step 8:  In the Security tab of the Properties window, select “Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec” in the Type of VPN section. Click on “Advanced Settings” button and select the radio button next to “Use preshared key for authentication”. Enter the IPSec key value provider by your VPN provider and click on OK button. [Refer to Image 8a  and Image 8b]

Step 9:  In the Networking tab, uncheck the checkbox for Internet Protocol Version 6 in case your VPN company does not support IPv6 protocol. Also, deselect the “File and Printer Sharing” option and then click on OK button to apply the VPN settings. [Refer to Image 9]

Step 10:  To test the service, click on Monitor icon again and then on Connect option present next to the VPN Connection name. Next, enter your login credentials and click on OK button. Once the connection is established, you will see a Connected message next to the VPN connection name. To disconnect, simply click on the Disconnect option next to the name of the VPN connection. [Refer to Image 10a , Image 10b, Image 10c and Image 10d]


July 16, 2013
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