L2TP/IPsec VPN has a high level of security with IPsec encryption. With the high level of security in L2TP/IPsec, it does not mean that the configuration is difficult and complicated. Setting L2TP/IPsec client on Windows is quite easy, almost similar to PPTP VPN Client on Windows.
Unlike setting up an SSTP VPN client on Windows which is quite complicated because you have to generate an SSL Certificate first, for L2TP/IPsec you don’t need to use a certificate, just use a Pre Shared Key (PSK).
Before we continue discussing the L2TP/IPsec VPN Client Setting Tutorial on Windows 10, make sure you have read the previous Mikrotik Tutorial about the L2TP/IPsec VPN Server Setting Tutorial on Mikrotik.
Here I will demonstrate the L2TP/IPsec client configuration on Windows 10. For other versions of Windows, please adjust.
How to Set L2TP/IPsec VPN Client on Windows 10
1. Make sure the L2TP/IPsec VPN Server is set and ready to use.
2. On Windows, Click Start –> type VPN –> Select Change virtual private networks (VPN).
3. Select Add a VPN connection
Fill in the parameters provided as follows:
Select Windows (built-in)
Connection names :
Name the VPN connection
Server names or addresses:
Fill in the IP Address (public) or the domain name of the VPN server
Select L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
Enter the same PSK as on the VPN server
Type of sign-in info:
Select Username and password
Enter the VPN username
Enter the password of the VPN username
Check Remember my sign-in info
5. Connect the L2TP/IPsec VPN. If the connection is successful, the words Connected will appear on the VPN client and on the VPN server the L2TP dynamic interface will appear automatically.
6. So, that this Windows L2TP/IPsec VPN client can access the internet through its VPN tunnel, we create a srcnat masquerade firewall rule.
it’s easy? Setting the L2TP/IPsec VPN client on Windows 10 is easy. By using this L2TP/IPsec VPN connection, our data communication becomes more secure and of course it can bypass the firewall, so that blocked sites can be opened.