Setting up our L2TP VPN service on Windows 7 should take 5 minutes with these step-by-step instructions.
In order to connect to our VPN servers, you will need to know your username and password that you registered with. These instructions and the example screenshots are for connecting to our UK service and have been verified against Windows 7, Step 13 contains details of how to connect to our servers in other countries, i.e. the US.
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Make sure your system is connected to the internet
Make sure your system is connected to the internet and that you are able to browse the web. To check your location, please go to our IP Info page, or alternatively go to our homepage and scroll down to this section:
This shows the IP Address and country that you are currently connecting from, in this example, the user is connecting from Singapore.
Setup a New Connection
Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet.
Click on Network and Sharing Center and click on Set up a new connection or network.
Connect to a workplace
When prompted to choose a connection option, choose Connect to a workplace and click Next.
Use my Internet connection
Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN).
Enter VPN details
You now need to enter the VPN details.
In Internet address, enter gbr.mypn.co for our GBR service, if you wish to connect to a different country, please refer to our complete list of servers.
For the destination name, you can enter anything you like, however, we suggest you keep it simple and choose MPN GBR for the GBR service or something similar for whichever country you are connecting to.
Once you’ve entered those details, check over them once more just to ensure they are correct and click Next.
Enter your Username
You now have to enter your username, this is the username that you registered with us when you signed up. Enter your username in the User name box, there is no need to enter a password yet so leave this blank.
You must leave the Domain (optional) box empty and click Create.
Windows will then try and connect to the VPN, but we haven’t finished setting it up yet, so click on Skip.
Connection ready for use
It’ll now say The connection is ready for use, click on Close. You’ll be returned to the Network and Sharing Center again, click on Change adapter settings.
Right click on MPN GBR (or something similar depending which one you are creating) and select Properties.
The properties window will be displayed:
Click on the Security tab and change the Type of VPN from Automatic to Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec (L2TP/IPSec) and click OK.
Now click on Advanced Settings. Select the option Use pre-shared key for authentication and enter the word private in the key box marks and click OK.
You will now be returned to the Network Connection window. If you want to create a Desktop shortcut for the VPN, you can simply drag the MPN GBR icon from this Window onto your Desktop.
Connect to our servers
Click on the MPN GBR icon or shortcut and it will launch the VPN
Enter your My Private Network password in the Password box.
Leave Domain: blank.
Select the option to Save this user name and password and click Connect.
Once you’ve done that, your computer will be connected to our servers in the country of your choice.
Check your IP Address
If you now browse our homepage or check your IP address again from the IP Info page, your location should show that you are now in the UK (or which ever country you have connected to).
Note: The server IP address and country name will vary depending on the server or country you are connected to.
You are connected
That’s it! You are now connected to our service via L2TP. All your internet traffic is now being transmitted securely via our servers.
If you want to connect to any of our other servers, ie our USA servers, simply change the server name, please refer to our complete list of servers.
Note: If you have our global package, you may want to set up additional connections to other countries, you can create as many connections as you wish, just make sure that you give them a different name, i.e. MPN GBR, MPN USA, MPN LUX etc.
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