Setting up your VPN under Windows XP

Setting up PublicVPN access under Windows XP 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 Windows Update.

Open Network Connections

First, open the ‘Network Connections’ folder by going to the Start Menu and selecting Settings->Network Connections. It may also be located in Settings->Control Panel->Network Connections.

When your control panel opens, double–click on “Network and Dial–Up Connections ’.

Start the Wizard

When the Network Connections folder opens, double–click on ‘New Connection Wizard ’. You should see the “New Connection Wizard” screen. Click the ‘Next’ button to continue.

Select the connection type

Next, select ‘Connect to the network at my workplace ’ and click the ‘Next’ button.

Select the connection

Next, select ‘Virtual Private Network connection ’ and click the ‘Next’ button.

Enter the Company Name

On this screen, type ‘’ for the Company Name and click the ‘Next’ button.

Set auto-connect

On this screen, click “Do not dial the initial connection” and click the ‘Next’ button.

Enter the server name

On this screen, type ‘’ and click the ‘Next’ button. ‘’ is the host name of the server.

Set Username and Password

Next, we'll set up the connection settings.

In the yellow ‘User Name’ box, enter your username.In the green ‘Password’ box, enter your password. Optionally, click ‘Save Password’ to save your password as part of the connection. That's it!

When you want to connect

When you want to connect to, just double–click on the connection and click the ‘Connect’ button. Enter your username and password (if you didn't save it), and you'll connect!

Setting up an L2TP/IPsec connection

By default, Windows sets the VPN connection type to PPTP. For better security, you should continue and set your connection up to be an L2TP/IPsec connection. To do that, continue on.

Open the connection and click ‘Properties’

Click the ‘Security’ tab, then click the ‘IPsec Setttings...’ button.

In the next window, click the checkbox and type ‘’ as the key and click ‘OK’.

Next click the ‘Networking’ tab.

Next click the popup menu and change the ‘Type of VPN’ from ‘Automatic’ to ‘L2TP IPsec VPN’ and click ‘OK’. That's it!

After this, the connection will use L2TP/IPsec instead of PPTP. Note that if the connection fails, try changing the connection back to PPTP or Automatic.

Setting up the VPN Domain Name Server (DNS)

Under certain circumstances Microsoft Windows will continue to use your primary connection's DNS server. What that means is that your DNS requests will be unencrypted, allowing hackers to see what websites you're looking for. While they can't see your actual data, they can know what you're doing. For Windows users, you should set a connection–specific DNS server using the instructions below.

First, open the VPN connection document, then click the 'Properties' button. Your username and password may or may not show up, depending on your settings.

Connection Screen

Next, click on the 'Networking' tab.

Hilite the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" entry, and click the 'Properties' button.

You should see the following screen. Click on 'Use the following DNS server addresses:'

Once you click on 'Use the following DNS server addresses', type as the DNS server address. Then click the 'OK' button.

Lastly, click the 'OK' button, and you're done!

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