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Creating a VPN Server with RouterOS

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Eric Geier,author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, continues his RouterOS series by discussing its VPN capabilities. He shows you how to configure everything so you can remotely connect to access files. You’ll also learn how to set up site-to-site tunnels so you can create a WAN and connect all your locations.
Creating a Network Connection in Windows

Creating a Network Connection in Windows

Now for a Windows user to connect to the VPN server, you must configure the computer with a network connection. Here's how to do it in Windows XP:

  1. Open the Network Connections window.
  2. Double-click the New Connection icon to start the wizard and click Next.
  3. Select Connect To The Network At My Workspace and click Next.
  4. Select Virtual Private Network Connection and click Next.
  5. Enter a Company Name, which will be the name of the new connection, and click Next.
  6. Enter the IP address of your RouterOS server and then click Finish.
  7. On the connection window that appears, click the Properties button and select the Security tab.
  8. Click the IPsec Settings button, select the Use Pre-Shared Key For Authentication checkbox, enter the same password you create for the Pre-Shared Key secret on RouterOS, and then click OK.
  9. On the Properties window, select the Networking tab and choose the L2TP IPSec VPN option.
  10. Click OK to save the property changes.
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