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Setup Tutorials

How to set up IKEv2 VPN on Windows 8

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up IKEv2 VPN on Windows 8 but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the IKEv2 VPN you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your VPN username, password and VPN server IKEv2 hostname. You can find them in your account on our website, by going to Settings.

Recommendations

To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for Windows.

If you still want to set up IKEv2 VPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

IKEv2 VPN Setup instructions

  1. Click on Open Network and Sharing Center from the network icon from the taskbar (1) or click on Network and Sharing center from Control Panel.

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 1

  2. Click on Set up a new connection or network (2).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 2

  3. Select Connect to a workplace (3) and click Next (4).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 3

  4. Choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN) (5).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 4

  5. In the Internet Address (6) field type the hostname of the CactusVPN VPN server you want to connect to.

    You can find IP addresses of all our servers in your account on our website, by going to Settings.

    In the Destination name field (7) type CactusVPN IKEv2.

    Click Create (8).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 5
  6. Click on the monitor icon (9) on the bottom right-hand corner.

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 6

  7. Right–click on the CactusVPN IKEv2 connection (10), and choose Properties (11) from the menu.

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 7

  8. Select Security tab (12) and for Type of VPN select IKEv2 (13).

    Click on OK (14).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 8

  9. Click again on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner (15).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 9

  10. Select CactusVPN IKEv2 and click Connect (16).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 10

  11. In the next fields type your VPN username and password (17).

    You can find your VPN username and password in your account on our website, by going to Settings -> VPN Username & Password. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the website account credentials (What is the difference?).

    Click OK (18).

    Windows 8 IKEv2 VPN Setup: Step 11

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