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Connect to a L2TP/IPSEC VPN in Windows 10

This article will show you how to configure your Windows 10 to connect to a VPN based on L2TP/IPSEC.


You will need two pieces of information to complete these steps:

  • Server name or address
  • Pre-shared key



1-Click on the Windows flag at the bottom left corner of your screen



2-Once the Start Menu opens, and even though it isn’t immediately obvious, you are able to type anywhere something to search for programs and settings. Type in “vpn” (without the quotes) and Windows should display the following. Click on “VPN Settings”



3-Click on “Add a VPN connection”



4-Once the Add a VPN connection window opens, choose or enter the following:

VPN provider: “Windows (built-in)”

Connection name: Enter a name like “Office VPN”

Server name or address: (Provided to you by Westechs)

VPN type: “L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key”

Pre-shared key: (Provided to you by Westechs)

Type of sign-in info: User name and password

User name / Password: Leave blank


Once you have entered all of the information click “Save”


5-Look for the name of the VPN you used in the previous step. Click Connect.

If the Connect button is not visible, click on the name of the VPN (in the example below, click “Office VPN”), then click Connect.

6-When prompted to Sign in, enter the username and password. This step may be skipped if you entered the information in step 4.

That’s it!

If you successfully configured everything, your VPN will connect. You should then be able to access the remote resources that are available to you.

You should disconnect from the VPN when you’re finished. To do so, search for VPN like you did in step 1, click “VPN Settings” and click “Disconnect”


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