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Setup Tutorials

How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7 but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the L2TP 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 address. You can find them in your account on our website, by going to Settings.

Recommendations

If you still want to set up L2TP VPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

L2TP VPN Setup isntructions

  1. Open Networks and Sharing Center (1) from Control Panel.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 1

  2. Then choose Set up a new connection or Network” (2).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 2

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

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 3

  4. Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN) (5).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 4

  5. In Internet address field (6) type the IP address of a CactusVPN server.

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

    You can find all the available servers in Settings -> VPN Servers in your account on our website.

    In Destination name (7) field type CactusVPN.

    Also check the Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later (8).

    Click Next (9).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 5

  6. Enter your VPN username (10) and password (11).

    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 Create (12).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 6

  7. You should see this screen next. Click the Close (13) button to return to the Network and Internet screen.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 7

  8. Click on Connect to a network (14).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 8

  9. In the Connect to a network screen, you should see the CactusVPN connection that you have just set up. Right click on it and select Properties (15).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 9

  10. Select Security (16) Tab.

    On Type of VPN (17) select Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec) then click on the Advanced Settings (18).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 10

  11. In the IPsec Settings dialog, click the radio button labelled Use preshared key for authentication (19).

    Type cactusvpn into the textbox labelled Key (20).

    Click the OK button (21).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 11

  12. Select Networking Tab (22).

    Put the tickles as it’s shown on the following picture (23).

    Click OK (24) to save your settings.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 7: Step 12

  13. In order to connect/disconnect to CactusVPN.com right click on the connection icon (viewable at Change adapter settings) and select connect/disconnect.

    To disconnect from a VPN connection, right-click the icon for the connection then click “Disconnect”.

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