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How to Set Up a VPN for Mac and get Staff Working from Home.

With more businesses setting up staff working from home in the wake of the current Covi-19 crisis, the need for a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to allow staff to access the network safely and prevent unauthorised access has increased.

Below are instructions on how set up a VPN for Mac users:


On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Network.

Click the Add button + in the list on the left, click the Interface pop-up menu, then choose VPN.

Click the VPN Type pop-up menu, then choose "L2TP over IPsec", Give the VPN service a name, then click Create.

Enter the server address as "X.X.X.X" and the account name for the VPN connection will be your FirstnameLastname (please use a capital letter for each name no spaces)

Click Authentication Settings, then enter the information below.

Password: SPA504g!

Shared Secret: XXXXXXX

Click OK

Tick the box "Show VPN status in menu bar"

Click Apply.

At the top of your screen you will now have a battery looking icon that you can use to connect the VPN.

Once connected click "GO" at the top and click "Connect to Server"

Type in the box smb:\\192.168.1.X  and click connect.


If you have any questions, or need help setting up your VPN for Mac, get in touch with our technical team on 020 7111 1643.

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