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ubuntu linux ipsec setup

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

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type the following: “sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc -y” (no quotes) and hit enter to install
  3. Your system should auto select the needed vpnc manager. If it does not look at the “suggested” packages when running the command. For MINT users you must use network-manager-vpnc-gnome to get it to show up in the options

  4. Close Terminal
  5. Click on the network manager icon in the menubar
  6. Click on “Configure VPN” under the VPN Connections Menu
  7. Click on ADD from the new menu and choose “Cisco IPSEC”
  8. 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.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.riodejaneiro.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.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)
    • Change the right side option to SAVE to keep the password from connection to connection

    • Group name: witopia
    • Group password: witopia
    • Change the right side option to SAVE to keep the password from connection to connection

    • Click SAVE

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 will 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.