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How To - Setup L2TP/IPSec VPN on Chrome OS
Posted by David Cross, Last modified by Jim Giseburt on 21 July 2017 03:49 PM

First, navigate to the Settings page of the Chrome OS device by clicking on the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the Chrome Browser.




Or, you can click on the user profile menu at the bottom right corner of the screen and select Settings.




In the Settings window, select Add connection.




Then select OpenVPN/L2TP.




When the Add private network window is displayed, fill in the fields to set-up the VPN connection.



The fields are defined as follows:

  • The Server hostname is either the DNS host hame or public IP address associated with the Cipafilter,
  • The Service name is the name of the VPN connection as it appears in the Chrome OS Settings,
  • The Provider type is the encryption protocol that is being used, in this case L2TP/IPsec + pre-shared key,
  • The Pre-shared key will be the Pre-Shared Key as found on the End-User VPN tab of the VPN page of the Cipafilter, and
  • The Username and Password will be a username and password as defined on the User Accounts tab of the User Manager page.  The VPN option must be enabled for the user.

After this information is entered, the VPN connection can be seen among the other network connections in the Internet connections section of the Chrome OS Settings.


Clicking on the user profile menu on the bottom right of the screen will show the VPN connection, along with any WiFi or Bluetooth connections. The VPN icon will appear as a segmented bar. This icon may also be seen as part of the WiFi icon in the bottom right side of the Chrome OS screen, near the clock.

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