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Manual VPN Setup for Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 PPTP Setup

  
  1. Open the Windows Search Bar by hitting the Windows key and the letter 'q'.
  2. Inside of the search box, type in 'Control Panel'. The Control Panel icon should appear to the left.
  3. Click to open the Control Panel.
  4. Open 'Network and Internet'.
  5. Open the 'Network and Sharing Center'.
  6. Choose 'Set up a new connection or network'
  7. Choose 'Connect to a workplace', and click the Next button at the bottom.
  8. If you have another connection already present, you'll be asked if you want to use a connection that you already have. Choose the radio button that says 'No, create a new connection' and click the Next button at the bottom.
  9. Choose 'Use my Internet connection (VPN)'.
  10. For Internet address, please type the server address of the server you wish to connect to. A full list and current status for each server can be found here.
  11. For Destination name, please choose a name that you will recognize for the connection.
  12. Do *not* put a checkmark next to 'Use a smart card'.
  13. It is optional to put a checkmark next to 'Remember my credentials' and 'Allow other people to use this connection.'
  14. Click the Create button at the bottom.
  15. The VPN connection will show in a list to the right.
  16. Under the Network and Sharing Center click the 'Change adapter settings' in the top left, then right click the VPN you created and click Properties.
  17. Click on the Security Tab.
  18. Under the heading 'Type of VPN:' choose 'Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)'.
  19. On the same page, click the radio button next to 'Allow these protocols'.
  20. Place a checkmark next to 'Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)' if one does not already exist and make sure no other check box is selected.
  21. Click on the Networking Tab.
  22. Remove checkmarks from everything except 'Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)'.
  23. Click the OK button at the bottom.
  24. To test your settings and login credentials, point your cursor to the 'Notification Area', usually located near the lower-right hand corner of your screen. In this area, look for icon of a computer with a cord and plug along the side, and click it. Find the connection made earlier and click the 'Connect' button directly to the right.
  25. Now enter your Easynews  username with @easynews at the end (ex. username@easynews) and your Easynews password, then click the 'Connect' button in the bottom-left corner of this panel. After 30 seconds or so, verify the connectivity status by opening the 'Notification Area' pop-up in your taskbar - you will be notified of any problems with the connection, in which case you will want to contact our support team. Once you have confirmed connectivity to the VPN service, you can now have peace of mind that your activities are secured from 'prying eyes'.
 

Windows 8 L2TP Setup

 
  1. Open the Windows Search Bar by hitting the Windows key and the letter 'q'.
  2. Inside of the search box, type in 'Control Panel'. The Control Panel icon should appear to the left.
  3. Open the Control Panel.
  4. Open 'Network and Internet'.
  5. Open the 'Network and Sharing Center'.
  6. Choose 'Set up a new connection or network'.
  7. Choose 'Connect to a workplace', and click the Next button at the bottom.
  8. If you have another connection already present, you'll be asked if you want to use a connection that you already have. Choose the radio button that says 'No, create a new connection' and click the Next button at the bottom.
  9. Choose 'Use my Internet connection 'VPN'.
  10. For Internet address, please type the server address of the server you wish to connect to. A full list and current status for each server can be found here.
  11. For Destination name, please choose a name that you will recognize for the connection.
  12. Do *not* put a checkmark next to 'Use a smart card'.
  13. It is optional to put a checkmark next to 'Remember my credentials' and 'Allow other people to use this connection'.
  14. Click the Create button at the bottom.
  15. The VPN connection will show in a list to the right.
  16. Right-click on the VPN connection you just made and choose 'View connection properties'.
  17. Click on the Security Tab.
  18. Under the heading 'Type of VPN:' choose 'Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)'.
  19. Click the Advanced Settings button.
  20. Click the radio button next to 'Use preshared key for authentication'.
  21. Enter 'vpn' (without the quotes) as the preshared key.
  22. Click the OK button at the bottom.
  23. Back in the Security tab, click the radio button next to 'Allow these protocols'.
  24. Place a checkmark next to 'Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)' if one does not already exist and make sure no other check box is selected.
  25. Click on the Networking tab.
  26. Remove checkmarks from everything except 'Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)'.
  27. Click the OK button at the bottom.
  28. When you connect make sure to add @easynews to the end of your username (ex.username@easynews) and use the same password used to create the account. If you run into any problems, please contact our support team for assistance.
 

Windows 8 OpenVPN Setup

 
  1. First, point your web browser to the OpenVPN Community Downloads page. Download and install the latest version of OpenVPN for your operating system.
  2. Download the configuration file.
  3. Open the zip file and extract the files to the Program Files directory (click the 'Extract All' button). NOTE: On 32-bit systems, the directory is C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config while on 64-bit systems you would use C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config instead. Only 64-bit systems will show the (x86) directory.
  4. The directory should open. The OpenVPN GUI only allows up to 50 config files (50 servers) to be displayed, so delete the servers that you do not want to connect to. If there are more than 50 config files in the directory, not all will be displayed in the list.
  5. Launch the OpenVPN GUI as an administrator, or the program will not function correctly.
  6. Locate the OpenVPN icon down at the bottom-right in the task bar and right-click on it.
  7. Hover over the server you wish to connect to, and click 'Connect'.
  8. Enter your Easynews username with @easynews at the end (ex. username@easynews) and password when prompted and click OK.
  9. If successful, you should see a successful connection prompt down in the bottom-right.

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