Setting up VPN on Mac 10.7 Lion & 10.8 Mountain Lion

Mac Lion & Mountain Lion

Here you will find the setup guide for your Mac OS X 10.7 lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. 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 restrtictive your network, you try the second connection.

When travellign abroad to countries such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Belize etc you should know that one of both protocols MIGHT fail to connect. Simply use the other. This could also occur in the US. Just depends on the network being used.

Users who already had the vpn configured on Mac 10.7 reported an issue when upgrading to 10.7. The VPN had to be removed and re-added from scratch. This seems to resolve the issue..

Mac 10.7 / 10.8 PPTP VPN Configuration

  • 1.Open System Preferences (select the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner and the System Preferences)
  • 2.Select “Network” under the “Internet and Wireless” category
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  • 3.Click the + icon on the sidebar

    Note: If you can't click the + (plus sign), click the padlock icon next to "Click the lock to make changes". Enter the password for an administrator account on your Mac, and then click OK.
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  • 4.A new window appears. Click on the 'Interface' menu to see the list of choices. Select VPN.

    -- As the VPN Type, select “PPTP”
    -- As the Service Name, enter “VpnAccounts.com (PPTP)” or anything else.
    -- Click create
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  • 5.Configuring the default settings:

    -- Leave the Configuration drop-down option as “Default”
    -- Server Address: Enter the server IP address provided in welcome email.
    -- Account Name: Enter your VPN username from welcome email.
    -- Encryption: Automatic
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  • 6.Click on "Authentication settings".

    -- Enter your password under “Password.” Click “OK.” -- If not already selected, select “Show VPN status in menu bar”
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  • 7. After pressing OK in step 6 you now click on "Advanced settings" make sure "Send all traffic over VPN connection" is checked and now click OK..
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  • 8.Click Apply
  • 9.You may now securely connect via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection to our service by clicking “Connect”

Mac 10.7 / 10.8 L2TP IPSEC VPN Configuration

  • 1.Open System Preferences (select the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner and the System Preferences)
  • 2.Select “Network” under the “Internet and Wireless” category
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  • 3.Click the + icon on the sidebar

    Note: If you can't click the + (plus sign), click the padlock icon next to "Click the lock to make changes". Enter the password for an administrator account on your Mac, and then click OK.
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  • 4.A new window appears. Click on the 'Interface' menu to see the list of choices. Select VPN.

    -- Next to "VPN Type:", choose L2TP over IPSec.
    -- As the Service Name, enter “VpnAccounts.com (L2TP)” or anything else.
    -- Click create
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  • 5.Configuring the default settings:

    -- Leave the Configuration drop-down option as “Default”
    -- Server Address: Enter the server IP address provided in welcome email.
    -- Account Name: Enter your VPN username from welcome email.
    -- Encryption: Automatic

    To display a small VPN icon in the upper right corner of your screen, leave Show VPN status in menu bar checked. You can then click this icon and select from several options in the pull-down menu, rather than having to access VPN options from System Preferences.
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  • 6.Click on "Authentication settings".

    -- User Authentication: Mmake sure Password is selected, and then enter your VPN password
    -- Machine Authentication: Make sure Shared Secret is selected, and enter the L2TP shared secret provided in the welcome email.
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  • 7.Click OK..
  • 8. After pressing OK in step 7 you now click on "Advanced settings" make sure "Send all traffic over VPN connection" is checked and now click OK..
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  • 8.Click Apply. To make a VPN connection, click Connect.