Mac OSX setup instructions

Your Mac supports 2 kinds of VPN connections: PPTP and L2TP. Usually L2TP is faster and more secure, but some ISP’s block or throttle it. Use the connection method that works best for you.

Please follow the instructions below to set up PPTP or L2TP (but not both within the same connection details)

For additional details please see the screenshots below:

Click on the Apple in the top left of your screen and select “System Preferences” or click on “System Preferences” on the task bar. Then in the “Internet & Wireless” section click “Network”

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On the bottom of the left hand column where your connections are listed, there is a small plus sign. Click on it.

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Select the VPN interface

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For the VPN Type select “L2TP over IPSec” or PPTP. Both require the same setup procedure except that there is an extra field to be filled for L2TP

For the Service Name choose a name like “Germany” and click Create. Please note that the Interface and VPN type cannot be adjusted later, so if you make a mistake, you will have to delete the connection and start over.

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Now on the left hand side, you have a new connection with the name that you just chose. Select it to configure. Enter  one of the server names you received in the welcome email from us (for example: vpn1.usaip.eu) into the “Server Address” field. For the account name use your USAIP.EU username. Check the box to “Show VPN status in menu bar” for easy access later.

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Now click on “Authentication Settings…”. In the list that appears select Password. Type in your password and click OK.

Only if you selected L2TP, under Machine Authentication select “Shared Secret:” and fill out the field with: USAIP
This setting is missing from PPTP, so it doesn’t have to be filled out.

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Click on “Advanced” and check “Send all traffic over VPN connection” . Then click “OK” and “Apply”

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You are now all set! Look up to the top right in your menu bar and you should see the network menubar item. Click on it and then click “Connect”

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When the VPN is active, you see the counter running.

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Disconnect by selecting the network menubar and clicking on “Disconnect”

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