Cisco VPN (Windows)

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Software Downloads

Installation

First, download the installer program from our Sonic.net VPN Service Page. Run the installer, and click the button labeled "next" to continue.

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You will be prompted to review the Cisco VPN Client license agreement. After reading this license, if you agree to all terms, click the button labeled "yes" to continue.

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You will be prompted to specify the folder into which you would like to install the VPN Client. For most purposes, the default folder will suffice.

Win vpn3.png You will be prompted to specify the "Program Folder" you would like to use for the Cisco VPN Client. This is the folder in which you will later find the client in your Programs folder.

Win vpn4.png The installer will take a few moments placing files into the appropriate places on your hard drive. When it is done, the "canel" button will change to "finish."

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The Cisco VPN Client modifies a number of network settings on your computer. This can take a few minutes to accomplish.

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Upon changing the network settings, the Cisco VPN Client will install a network adapter onto your system.

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Upon completion, the installer will prompt you to restart your system. Sonic.net recommends that you save any work before proceeding.

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Connecting

Open the Cisco VPN Client by clicking your "Start" menu, selecting "All Programs," and opening the "Cisco Systems VPN Client" folder. If you specified another Program Folder during installation, it will be in another location, as specified by you. Select "VPN Client." The Sonic.net-distributed copy of the Cisco VPN Client is pre-configured to use the Sonic.net VPN concentrator. Click the button labeled "Connect" to continue.

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You will be prompted to provide you Sonic.net login name and password. Please note that only active Sonic.net accounts with dialup privileges will be allowed to authenticate.

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Advanced

The Sonic.net-distributed copy of the Cisco VPN Client is pre-configured to use the Sonic.net VPN concentrator. Should it become necessary for some reason to modify your settings, the following screenshots can serve as a reference. First, open the "Options" menu, then select "Advanced Mode."

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In the advanced view, you will see listed any connections your VPN client is aware of. New connection settings can be created, and existing settings can be modified, deleted, or imported from another source.

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Select the connection you would like to modify, and click the "modify" button. The "Authentication" tab will be presented by default. For the Sonic.net VPN Concentrator, the settings should be as follows:

  • Connection Family can be named anything you like.
  • Description can be anything you like.
  • Host should be 208.201.249.242, the IP address for ipsec.vpn.sonic.net.
  • Select "Group Authentication">
  • Name should be "Standard VPN" (note the capitalization)
  • Password should be "standard" (all lower-case)
  • Confirm Password should be as above.

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Under the "Transport" tab, "Enable Transparent Tunneling" should be selected. Both IPSec over UDP and IPSec over TCP (port 10000) should work with the Sonic.net VPN concentrator. "Allow Local LAN Access" is purely-optional.

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No settings should be specified under the "Backup Servers" tab.

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The "Dial-Up" tab allows you to configure the VPN Client to function over a normal modem connection (whereas by default it is configured to use your LAN connection). To enable this, simply click the checkbox labeled "Connect to Internet via dial-up" and select the dialup connection (listed as a "Phonebook Entry" here) that you wish to use. Please note that the additional overhead of a VPN connection will have a noticeable impact on connection performance.

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