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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 your package.

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 all the available servers in the package details in your account.
    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 them in your account on our website, by going to your package. 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

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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