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How to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8

This tutorial will show you how to set up L2TP VPN on Windows 8 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. From the network icon from the taskbar click on “Open Network and Sharing Center” (1) or you can also click on “Network and Sharing center” from the “Control Panel” section.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 1

  2. Then click on “Set up a new connection or network” (2).

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 2

  3. Choose “Connect to a workplace” (3), then click “Next” (4).

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 3

  4. After that select “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)” (5).

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 4

  5. Click on “Internet Address” field (6) and 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 SmartyDNS (L2TP) in the “Destination name” (7) filed. Click on “Create” (8).

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 5

  6. Then click on the monitor icon (9) which is located on the lower right corner of the desktop.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 6

  7. Right–click on the “SmartyDNS (L2TP)” connection (10), then select “Properties” (11) from the menu.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 7

  8. Choose “Security” tab (12) and for “Type of VPN” choose “Layer 2 Tunneling
    Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)” (13). Then click on “Advanced Settings” (14).

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 8

  9. Enter the preshared key: “smartydns” (15) then click “OK” (16) for both windows.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 9

  10. Now click again on the monitor icon which is located on the lower right corner of your desktop, and click “Connect” (17) to “SmartyDNS(L2TP)”.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 10

  11. In the username (18) and password (19) fields type your VPN username and password, then click “OK” (20).

    Assure you use your VPN username and password from your package, NOT the website account credentials. 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.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 11

  12. Once you will see “Connected” next to “SmartyDNS (L2TP)” (21) this will mean that your connection has been created.

    How to set up L2TP on Windows 8: Step 12

To disconnect simply click on “Disconnect” button.

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