Setting up VPN on Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

Mac Snow Leopard

Here you will find the setup guide for your Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. We will begin with PPTP VPN and proceed with L2TP IPsec VPN. Two different types of VPN protocols and it may be a good idea to create one of each. If one fails to connect depending on how restrictive your network, you try the second connection.

Users who already had the vpn configured on Mac 10.6 reported an issue when upgrading from 10.6 to 10.6.1. The VPN had to be removed and re-added from scratch. This seems to resolve the issue.

If after creating the VPN connection on your Mac you are unable to browse the internet, appears that you have no internet or appears that you are not routing via the vpn (ip not changing) check the FAQ page..

Mac 10.6 PPTP VPN Configuration

  • 1.Click on System Preferences in the apple menu and then click on "Network" that is located under "Internet & Network"
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  • 2. On the bottom left, if the lock icon looks “locked”, click on it and type in your Administrator Name and password.
  • 3.Click the '+' icon (highlighted in red) to make a new VPN connection
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  • 4.A new window appears. Click on the 'Interface' menu to see the list of choices. Select VPN.
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  • 5.Now change the "VPN type" and select "PPTP VPN" and for "service name" name it something like VpnAccounts.com PPTP. Click "Create"
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  • 6.Now you can start entering your VPN account information and when done you click on "Authentication settings".

    -- Configuration: Default
    -- Server address: In the welcome email
    -- Account name: Username found in welcome email.
    -- Encryption: Automatic
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  • 7. In the "Authentication Settings" dialog, enter you password found in the Welcome email and click "OK
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  • 8.Click Advanced and make sure "Send all traffic over VPN connection" is checked and now click OK..
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  • 9.Check the box to "Show VPN status in menu bar" for easy access later and now Click Apply to save the settings.
  • 10.Connect by selecting your VPN connection in the connection list and click the "Connect" button
  • 11.To disconnect from the VPN, click on the VPN icon again and select Disconnect VpnAccounts.com or whatever you named it.

Mac 10.6 L2TP IPSEC VPN Configuration

  • 1.Click on System Preferences in the apple menu and then click on "Network" that is located under "Internet & Network"
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  • 2. On the bottom left, if the lock icon looks “locked”, click on it and type in your Administrator Name and password.
  • 3.Click the '+' icon (highlighted in red) to make a new VPN connection
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  • 4.A new window appears. Click on the 'Interface' menu to see the list of choices. Select VPN.
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  • 5.Now change the "VPN type" and select "L2TP IPSec VPN" and for "service name" name it something like VpnAccounts.com L2TP. Click "Create"
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  • 6.Now you can start entering your VPN account information and when done, click on Authentication settings..

    -- Configuration: Default
    -- Server address: In the welcome email
    -- Account name: Username found in welcome email.
    -- Encryption: Automatic
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  • 7.In the "Authentication Settings" window fill in the settings and press OK

    - User Authentication: Enter you password found in the Welcome email
    - Machine Authentication: enter the shared secret found in email
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  • 8.Click Advanced and make sure "Send all traffic over VPN connection" is checked and now click OK. ..
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  • 9. Check the box to "Show VPN status in menu bar" for easy access later and now Click Apply to save the settings.
  • 10.Connect by selecting your VPN connection in the connection list and click the "Connect" button.
  • 10.To disconnect from the VPN, click on the VPN icon again and select Disconnect VpnAccounts.com or whatever you named it.