Cisco VPN (OS X)

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Sonic.net customers can use this VPN (Virtual Private Network) client to connect to our VPN concentrator.


Setup File

This will create a virtual install drive on your desktop.

Virtual Drive

Double-click on the install drive, then double-click on the "Cisco VPN Client.mpkg" icon to begin the installation.

Setup Folder

On the first screen of the installation process, press "Continue."

Welcome!

The Client Software License Agreement outlines the terms and conditions of using the software. Click on "Continue," then "Agree" on the next screen to consent and move forward.

License Agreement
Do you agree?

The next screen will specify the drive on your computer on which the program will be installed. Select your main hard drive, and when you're ready, click "Continue."

Install Volume

Click on "Install" on this next screen to install the program.

Almost Done

The installer will now ask for your Name and Password. This is NOT your Sonic.net Username and password! This information is specific to your computer only.

Mac Login Info

The installer will begin transferring files to your computer.

Copying files...

When the installation is complete, you will find the Cisco VPN client icon in your Applications folder.

VPN Client Icon.

The main VPN client window will look like this. The settings for the client should be correct by default. When you are ready, click connect.

VPN client window

When you make the connection, you will be prompted for your Sonic.net username and password. Enter them here.

Username and Password

Once connected, the client will remain visible unless you minimize it to your dock. To end your VPN session, click on the "Disconnect" button.

Way to go!

OS X 10.7 (Lion)

The Cisco VPN client has a number of bugs when running in OS X 10.7, and is not recommended. You may be able to connect to the Sonic.net VPN Concentrator using the VPN client built into Lion:

  1. Open System Preferences > Network
  2. Click the lock button to unlock it and make changes
  3. Click the plus sign above the unlocked lock button to add an interface.
  4. On the "Interface" drop-down select "VPN"
  5. On the "VPN Type:" drop-down select "Cisco IPSec"
  6. In the "Service Name:" text box create a memorable interface name such as "Corp IPsec VPN"
  7. Click OK and then select this new interface
  8. Configure the interface with
  • Server: ipsec.vpn.sonic.net
  • Account: (your Sonic.net username)
  • Password: (your Sonic.net password)
  • Use Certificate: OFF
  • Group Name: Standard VPN
  • Secret: standard