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Windows 8.1 - Setting up a L2TP Connection

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The PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 protocols are provided for devices lacking compatibility with the Private Internet Access application or OpenVPN protocol. PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS5 should be used for masking one's IP address, censorship circumvention, and geolocation.

If you need encryption, please use the Private Internet Application or OpenVPN protocol with our service.

This configuration uses a Generated PPTP/L2TP/Socks5 Username and password, If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS

Step 1: Quick Links Menu

On your Keyboard, hold down the Windows Key, + x to open the Quick Links Menu. Click on Control Panel

Step 2: View Network Status and Tasks

From Control Panel, Click on View Network Status and Tasks

Step 3: New Connection

Click Set up a new connection or network

Step 4: Connect to Workplace

Click Connect to a Workplace then click Next

Step 5: Use Internet Connection

Click on Use my Internet Connection (VPN)

Step 6: Input Server and Destination Name

You will then be asked to enter information for your Connection. Enter the Following:

  1. For Internet Address, enter us-west.privateinternetaccess.com

Or if you prefer to use a specific location, You can find the full list of locations here: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/network

  1. For Destination Name, enter Private Internet Access L2TP

Once you have filled in the information check the Option "Allow other people to use this connection" if you want other users on the computer to be able to use the VPN connection. Select Create.

Step 7: View Connection

You can view your new Connection on the Right Side within the Networks, there you will see that Windows has added the new L2TP connection, however don't click on it yet.

Step 8: Quick Links Menu

Hold the Window Key + X again to open the Quick Links Menu. Click on Network Connections

Step 9: Network connections

In the network connections screen, locate the L2TP connection we just created, Right-click on it, and choose Properties.

Step 10: Properties

Within the Security Tab you will need to change the Type of VPN and Data Encryption.

  1. Under Type of VPN, set Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec

  2. Under Data Encryption, set Require Encryption

Step 11: Allow Protocols

Once the above has been selected you will need to select Allow these Protocols, and check Microsoft CHAP Version 2

Step 12: Advance Settings

Next click the Advanced Settings Button located under the Type of VPN

Step 13: Pre Shared Key

For the L2TP select Use Preshared key for authentication and then type:

mysafety

Click OK

Step 14: Networking Tab

Next within Connection Properties select the Networking Tab. If you are prompted about the security, click Yes to continue

Step 15: Uncheck Protocols

On the Networking Tab, uncheck Everything except Internet Protocol Version 4. Press OK.

Step 16: Connect

To connect to the VPN, click the Network icon in the System Tray, and then click on Private Internet Access L2TP and Click Connect, then enter your Generated Username and password (example username x1234567)

If you have not generated this yet, please follow the steps here: Generating a Password for PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS

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First published: 14/03/2018

Last updated: Aug 13, 2020 by Michael B