L2TP/IPSec and PPTP on Linux
Posted by Uli Brügmann on 25 February 2013 11:58 AM
L2TP, IPSec and PPTP are VPN protocols for getting access to the CyberGhost network. With Linux you can use your CyberGhost subscription with L2TP/IPSec or PPTP, if the following preconditions are met:
Visit your CyberGhost VPN online account.
Log-in with your user data and click in the upper menu on the entry 'My Devices'.
Specify the device type, in this case it's 'Other devices'.
Specify the protocol you want to use and make sure you have chosen 'Linux' as the operating system.
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).
Once done, please note down the following data, which you will need to configure your L2TP or PPTP connection:
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 are more or less identical.
First open your general settings, e.g. with the Chakra distribution 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. Here with Chakra you activate the tab 'VPN', click on 'Add' and choose the type of protocol you want to add. If a type is missing, your distribution lacks it and it needs to be installed first.
Now click on 'Activate connection with Desktop' and 'Next'.
Choose a descriptive name for your new connection, which should reflect the country of the server you want to surf from and maybe even the protocol type (e.g. ‘CyberGhost L2TP US’). The other settings:
Click on ‘OK’, when you’re done.
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.