Version 5 is the last OpenELEC release that supports PPTP connections and all settings to be found here are gone with version 6 - even though reminders are left and give the impression of native PPTP support. But this is not the case, all respective configuration entries have been removed completely and so this instruction is solely meant for version 5 and below.
When using a native protocol please make sure that your protocol software supports IPv6 along with IPv4 or run an IPv4 Internet connection only. Many Internet Service Providers connect with the IPv6 protocol or offer both protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, at the same time and as long as a native protocol doesn't support IPv6 you risk data leaks, since an IPv6 connection can bypass the tunneled IPv4 connection. While the CyberGhost client does support IPv6 and therefor prevent IPv6 leaks, users of native protocols need to deactivate IPv6 manually. Please consult the OpenELEC documentation on how to do this.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that, although the technical process is as thoroughly documented as possible, you need to have at least some technical understanding. There's always a chance for an overseen mistake and/or things have changed and the article is not updated yet.
Step 1: Configure a OpenVPN connection
Visit your CyberGhost VPN online account.
Click on the menu entry 'My Devices' and then on button 'Add Device'.
In the list of Operating Systems you can CyberGhost use with, please click on 'Other' to be able to setup all necessary options for the PPTP protocol. When done the screen extends and gives way to 'Create new credentials'. Do it by clicking on the respective button.
Scroll up the page. As you see, the placeholder for a new device is now replaced by 'Linux, Router, etc.'. Click on that button:
Type a name for your new device and activate the wanted extra features, provided with each Premium subscription. These features can be (de)activated later on as well.
Scroll down and generate the login and configuration data for the PPTP protocol. FYI: The Point To Point Tunneling Protocol is widely available and uses PAP/CHAP for authentification, but because of possible implementation deficits in key management it can't be considered completely safe anymore and should only be used, if none of the alternatives OpenVPN or L2TP is available.
- Protocol: Choose the PPTP protocol.
- Country: Since native protocol connections may only be used with exactly one server you now have to choose the country you want to surf from; the server to be used in this country will be chosen by CyberGhost automatically.
- Server group: Depending on the chosen country as well as the availability of different server types as an attribute of your current plan you can also define a server group to use:
- Standard Server: This is the group of all paid service servers (Special Edition, Premium, Premium Plus)
- Premium Server: This is the smaller group of all exclusive servers for Premium subscribers (Premium, Premium Plus)
- NoSpy Server: This is the group of all exclusive NoSpy servers for Premium subscribers with special extensions.
After setting up your connection wishes please note down the following data sets. You will need them to configure your device:
- Server: This is the server address of the country you want to surf from, e.g. '1-ro.cg-dialup.net'. The address includes encrypted information about your plan, the server group chosen and the domain name; the protocol to be used will be detected automatically when connecting to CyberGhost. If you want to connect to different locations, you need to adjust the target destination according to a different country and note down that 2nd, 3rd, 4th ... address as well.
- User name: A solely for protocol usage generated user name. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account user name.
- Password: A solely for protocol usage generated password. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account password.
Now start OpenELEC. It's recommended to use the default skin 'Confluence', so you don't have to search for the settings described here.
Move left to the main menu entry 'System'. Now move down and activate 'OpenELEC'. In case the entry is missing, move one entry to the left from 'Systems' and click on 'Programs'. In there you should usually also find the 'OpenELEC Configuration' add-on.
Once you opened the OpenELEC configuration window, scroll down to 'Network', click on it, move to the right list of network settings and scroll down until you reach the entry 'Add new VPN configuration'. Click on it.
Click on 'VPN Type' and choose 'PPTP'.
Now some more options become available. Take care of each single one:
- Network name: Label your VPN connection. If you plan to use different locations add the country ID and maybe server group to the network name, e. g. 'CG_US_Default'.
- VPN Server: Type in the server address you note down before, e. g. '4-us.cg-dialup.net'. If you want to use more than one location, this is the only place, that will be different in all your future PPTP VPN connection configurations.
- Username: The user name created in step 1 (this is NOT your regular CyberGhost user name)
- Passphrase: Type in the PPTP password, you noted down in step 1 (this is NOT your regular CyberGhost account password).
- VPN DNS Domain: Choose 'VPN'.
- Show Advanced: Activate and make sure, all options are deactivated (respective show a '0') - EXCEPT 'Require MPPE (128 bit)'. This one you need to activate.
Click on 'Save'. Now activate the menu entry 'Connections' on the left. On the right you should now see your new VPN connection(s). Click on one and choose 'Connect'.
If OpenELEC crashes and restarts the GUI, it usually keeps a VPN connection alive - but it wouldn't hurt to make a quick check, if the connection is still active. However, after a complete shutdown and restart you need to activate your VPN again.