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Help & FAQ: Linux Installation
L2TP/IPSec and PPTP on Linux Chakra
Posted by Uli Brügmann on 25 February 2013 11:58 AM

PPTP is a VPN protocol for getting a manually configured access to the CyberGhost network. With Linux Chakra you can use your CyberGhost subscription with PPTP, if the following preconditions are met:

Step 1

Visit your CyberGhost VPN online account.

Log in ...

Log-in with your user data and click in the upper menu on the entry 'My Devices'. 

Click on 'My Devices'

Specify the device type, in this case it's 'Other devices'.

Click on 'Other Devices'

Specify the PPTP protocol and make sure you have chosen 'Linux' as the operating system.

Note: Because of possible implementation deficits regarding key management the PPTP protocol can't be judged as overall safe anymore and should only be used, if no alternatives (OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec) are avilable for certain reasons. 

Specify operating system and wanted protocol

Any single VPN connection can naturally just be configured with exactly one server address. So the next thing to do is to choose the country you want to surf from (the server inside this country will be chosen automatically by CyberGhost as the most convenient server available). 

Specify location  

Depending on the country chosen, your current plan and the availability of different server groups for a certain location you might additionally want to specify a server group available for your manual VPN connection:

  • Default Server: Includes the group of all Special Edition, Premium and Premium Plus subscription servers (no free servers) for the chosen country. The servers are available for all Special Edition, Premium and Premium Plus subscribers.
  • Premium Server: Includes the group of all Premium and Premium Plus subscription servers for the chosen country. The servers are available for Premium and Premium Plus subscribers only (but not for Special Edition subscribers).
  • NoSpy: Includes the group of all NoSpyProxy servers for the chosen country. The servers are only available for Premium Plus subscribers, who have the NoSpyProxies as an additional feature. Those servers are not available for Special Edition, Premium and regular Premium Plus subscribers.
Please note: The availability of a server group is hard coded to a) the chosen country and b) your current plan. Not every country and also not each plan does include each and every server group available. Some locations don't have any server groups available, others just 'Default Servers' or just 'Premium Servers' and some have them all. Also does Special Editions only include 'Default Servers', but no 'Premium Servers', and 'NoSpyProxies' are just included in some rare plans.

Chose server group

Once done, please note down the following data, which you will need to configure your connection:

  • Server: This is the server address of the country you want to surf from, e.g. '4-de.cg-dialup.net''*. The address does include 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.
  • Username: Your regular CyberGhost user name. 
  • Password: This is your password for L2TP, PPTP and IPSec protocol usage. This password IS NOT your usual CyberGhost password, but is created solely for protocol usage.

Note down the configuration data

Step 2

Now start your protocol configuration on Linux. The way to get to the right settings will most certainly vary between different distributions, but the main steps should be more or less identical.

First open your general settings via 'Start menu > System Settings'. Here you will find a section called 'Network Settings' or 'Network Connections' or similar. Open it. 

Now add a network connection. For that activate the tab 'VPN', click on 'Add' and choose the type of protocol you want to add, in that case it's 'PPTP'.

Now click on 'Activate connection with Desktop' and 'Next'.

Step 3

Choose a descriptive name for your new connection, which reflects the country of the server you want to surf from and maybe even the server group in use (e.g. ‘CyberGhost US Default’).

The other settings:

  • As the 'Gateway' fill in one of the addresses you noted before, e.g. '4-us.cg-dialup.net'*.
  • For 'Login' please use your regular CyberGhost VPN user name.
  • Now type in the password that has been generated for you in your online account. DO NOT use your regular CyberGhost account password.

Click on ‘OK’, when you’re done.

Step 4

Now your new connection should be part of your list of network connections which should also be accessible via the 'System Settings' of your distribution. Often these settings can also be accessed through the task bar.

If you want multiple VPN connections to different locations, CyberGhost operates server in, please repeat all steps for each of the other addresses you note down, when choosing the country in step 1. 


*Details about correct server addresses for the manual configuration of native protocols (such as structure, single server configuration, and address variations) you will find in this article.

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