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ubuntu linux ipsec setup

Setting IPSEC with Linux is very easy but requires you to install the needed software first.

    CLI Setup Instructions:

    see below for Gnome based GUI setup options

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type the following into your terminal based on your desktop environment
  3. GNOME 2/3, BUDGIE, CINNAMON: sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc-gnome
    XFCE, LXDE & other DEs: sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

  4. Close Terminal
  5. Restart your computer to update network services
    UBUNTU/FEDORA and other GNOME DESKTOP BASED USERS

  1. Open Software Center Application
  2. Click on “installed” from top menu”
  3. Scroll down to GNOME Control Center and click on it
  4. Scroll down to addons
  5. Add the protocols you want to be able to setup
  6. Once the protocols you selected say installed then close software center

    Setup The IPSec Connection

  1. Click on the top right corner task area, and then the cog icon to get to settings. OR Click on applications button and search for settings.
  2. Click on Network from left menu
  3. Click on the “+” symbol on the vpn section
  4. Select “VPNC” from the list
  5. Fill in the required items:
    • Connection Name: This is your choice
    • Gateway:

      IPSec Server Location Addresses

      USA IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.ashburn.witopia.net
      ipsec.atlanta.witopia.net
      ipsec.austin.witopia.net
      ipsec.baltimore.witopia.net
      ipsec.boston.witopia.net
      ipsec.charlotte.witopia.net
      ipsec.chicago.witopia.net
      ipsec.dallas.witopia.net
      ipsec.losangeles.witopia.net
      ipsec.kansascity.witopia.net
      ipsec.longbeach.witopia.net
      ipsec.lasvegas.witopia.net
      ipsec.miami.witopia.net
      ipsec.newark.witopia.net
      ipsec.newyork.witopia.net
      ipsec.phoenix.witopia.net
      ipsec.portland.witopia.net
      ipsec.redding.witopia.net
      ipsec.sanfrancisco.witopia.net
      ipsec.seattle.witopia.net
      ipsec.washingtondc.witopia.net

      Canada IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.montreal.witopia.net
      ipsec.toronto.witopia.net
      ipsec.vancouver.witopia.net

      Central/South America IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.mexicocity.witopia.net
      ipsec.saopaulo.witopia.net

      Europe IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.amsterdam.witopia.net
      ipsec.brussels.witopia.net
      ipsec.bucharest.witopia.net
      ipsec.copenhagen.witopia.net
      ipsec.dublin.witopia.net
      ipsec.frankfurt.witopia.net
      ipsec.helsinki.witopia.net
      ipsec.istanbul.witopia.net
      ipsec.kiev.witopia.net
      ipsec.kristiansand.witopia.net
      ipsec.lisbon.witopia.net
      ipsec.london.witopia.net
      ipsec.luxembourg.witopia.net
      ipsec.madrid.witopia.net
      ipsec.valencia.witopia.net
      ipsec.manchester.witopia.net
      ipsec.milan.witopia.net
      ipsec.moscow.witopia.net
      ipsec.munich.witopia.net
      ipsec.paris.witopia.net
      ipsec.prague.witopia.net
      ipsec.riga.witopia.net
      ipsec.rome.witopia.net
      ipsec.reykjavik.witopia.net
      ipsec.stockholm.witopia.net
      ipsec.vilnius.witopia.net
      ipsec.warsaw.witopia.net
      ipsec.zurich.witopia.net

      Africa/Middle East IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.jerusalem.witopia.net
      ipsec.johannesburg.witopia.net

      Asia IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.bangkok.witopia.net
      ipsec.hanoi.witopia.net
      ipsec.hongkong.witopia.net
      ipsec.kualalumpur.witopia.net
      ipsec.newdelhi.witopia.net
      ipsec.singapore.witopia.net
      ipsec.seoul.witopia.net
      ipsec.tokyo.witopia.net

      Oceania IPSec VPN Gateways

      ipsec.sydney.witopia.net
      ipsec.auckland.witopia.net
      ipsec.melbourne.witopia.net

    • User name: Enter your vpn username
    • There are two potential formats for your vpn username. You must use the one you selected when you activated your service. If you do not remember, you can log in to your account on our website here and under your active service it says “USERNAME”. This is your VPN username.

      #1: Your email = W\your@email.com
      #2: WiTopia username = username@witopia

      You MUST use a Capital W with a backslash “\” if your vpn username is an email.
      If you have a username ending in “@witopia” then you do *not* use W\ before the username or “.net” after the username

    • User password: yourpassword (this is the password you selected)
    • click the symbol in the password box and choose STORE to have it be kept

    • Group name: witopia
    • Group password: witopia
    • click the symbol in the password box and choose STORE to have it be kept

    • Click on IPv6 and choose “disable”
    • Click ADD

You are now setup and should be able to connect. To connect and disconnect just click on the network manager icon and choose the VPN name to connect to.


You may be asked for your password and group password the first time you connect. This is a one time per connection requirement

Have more questions? Let us know how we can help you.