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How to set up L2TP VPN on macOS

This tutorial will show you how to set up L2TP VPN on macOS using the SmartyDNS VPN services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

To set up VPN easily we recommend to use the SmartyDNS app.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Click on the “apple” icon which is in the upper left corner of your screen, then choose “System Preferences” (1).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 1

  2. Now click on the Network icon (2).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 2

  3. Once the network screen is open, click on the “+” icon (3) which is in the lower left corner of the screen.

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 3

  4. A new windows will open, choose the following options:

    “Interface” (4) – choose VPN.

    “VPN Type” (5) – choose “L2TP over IPSec”.

    In “Service name” field (6) type SmartyDNS VPN (L2TP).

    Then click “Create” (7).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 4

  5. On the next window do the following:

    In “server address” field (8) type the IP address of the SmartyDNS server you want to connect to.

    To find the entire list of all available servers, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Servers“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

    Type your SmartyDNS username in the “Account name” field (9).

    Click on “Authentication settings” button (10).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 5

  6. Choose “Password” (11), then type your SmartyDNS password.

    To find your VPN username and password, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Username & Password“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

    Under “Machine Authentication” section, click the “Shared Secret” button (12). Then type “smartydns” (without quotes) in the “Shared Secret” field, click “OK” (13), then click “Apply”.

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 6

  7. Then, in the Network” window click on “Advanced” button (14).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 7

  8. Click on “Options” tab (15), then check the “Send all traffic over VPN connection” checkbox (16) and click “OK” (17).

    How to set up L2TP on Mac OS: Step 8

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