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Setting up your PPTP VPN under Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

Setting up PublicVPN access under Mac OS X 10.4 is simple. The following instructions go step–by–step through the creation process.

System Requirements

Before setting up the VPN, be sure your installation is up–to–date by running Software Update. At the time of this writing the latest Mac OS X version was 10.4.6.

Open Internet Connect

First, open the ‘Applications’ folder by going to the Finder and choosing “New Finder Window” from the “File” menu. Click on the ”Applications” icon, then scroll down until you see the “Internet Connect” icon.

Double–click on the “Internet Connect” icon. You should see a window like the one below. Your ‘Network’ and ‘Base Station ID’ will probably be different.

Create a New VPN Connection

Next, go to the ‘File’ menu and select “New VPN Connection Window.”

You should see a the following screen. Click ‘PPTP,’ then click ‘Continue.’

Set the Connection Information

The next screen will look like this:

Click on the ‘Other’ and select ’Edit Configurations…’

You should see the following screen, which is where you create new VPN configurations.

Enter the information as described below:

In the green box is the name for the VPN configuration. Type ‘PublicVPN.com PPTP’ as the Description.

In the red box, enter “gateway.publicvpn.net” as the ‘Server Address.’ This is the DNS name of the PublicVPN.com server.

In the yellow box, enter your PublicVPN.com username. You created this username on the PublicVPN.com website.

In the blue box, enter your PublicVPN.com password. You created this password on the PublicVPN.com website.

’Enable VPN on demand’ should be unchecked, and ’Encryption’ should be set to ’Automatic’.

Then click the ’OK’ button. Your configuration is saved, and you’re ready to connect!

Your PPTP connection is configured and ready for use.

When you want to connect

When you want to connect to PublicVPN.com, double–click on “Internet Connect,” click on “VPN (PPTP)”, then click the ‘Connect’ button.

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