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Setup Tutorials

How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8 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 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 L2TP/IPSec VPN Setup: Step 1

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

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 2

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

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 3

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

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 4

  5. In the Internet Address (6) field type IP address of the CactusVPN 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 (L2TP).

    Click Create (8).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 5

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

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 6

  7. Right–click on the CactusVPN (L2TP) connection (10), and choose Properties (11) from the menu.

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

  8. Select Security tab (12) and for Type of VPN select Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec) (13).

    Click on Advanced Settings (14).

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

  9. Enter preshared key: cactusvpn (15) and click OK (16) for both windows.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 9

  10. Click again on the monitor icon on the bottom right-hand corner, and click Connect (17) to CactusVPN (L2TP).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 10

  11. In the next fields type your VPN username (18) and password (19) and click OK (20).

    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?).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 11

  12. When next to CactusVPN (L2TP) is written Connected (21) your connection has been created.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8: Step 12

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