Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mac 10.10 Yosemite: Set up a VPN (virtual private network) connection

To connect to a virtual private network (VPN) you need to enter configuration settings into Network preferences. These settings include the VPN server address, account name, and any authentication settings, such as a password that you have received from your VPN provider.

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To setup a VPN connection on your Mac 10.10 Yosemite follow the steps below:
1.      Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click ‘Network’.
2.      Click ‘Add’ ‘+’ at the bottom of the network connection services list, click the ‘Interface’ pop-up menu, then choose ‘VPN’.
3.      Click the VPN Type pop-up menu, and then choose what kind of VPN connection you want to set up, depending on the network you are connecting to. Give the VPN service a name and then click ‘Create’. 

o    PPTP allows corporations to extend their own corporate network through private “tunnels” over  the public Internet 
o    L2TP is an extension of the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol used by Internet service providers to enable a VPN over the Internet  

4.      Enter the server address and the account name for the VPN connection (in welcome email).
5.      Click on ‘Authentication Settings’ and enter the information you received from the network administrator.
6.      Click ‘OK’, then click ‘Connect’.

Select ‘Show VPN status in menu bar’ to use the VPN status icon to connect to the network and switch between VPN services.

To remove the VPN configuration, select the VPN network connection service in the list and click ‘Remove’ ‘-’.