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VPN Setup for Windows 8 : L2TP Protocol

Last Updated: May 06, 2015 10:59AM EEST

This article explains how to setup L2TP VPN protocol connection on a Windows 8 PC.

Before we being you need to Activate your VPN account from your Smart DNS Proxy MyAccount panel. In order to do this login to your

Under Home section you will find 
VPN Configuration Status. There simply enter the vpn username you would like to use and then click Activate. Your VPN account password will be the same as your Smart DNS Proxy account.

Smart DNS Proxy VPN Configuration 1

Setting up your Windows 8 PC for L2TP VPN:


Right click on Network icon and choose Open Network and Sharing Center.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 01


Click on the Set up a new connection or network link.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 02


Select the Connect to a workplace option, then click Next.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 03

Choose Use my Internet connection (VPN).

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Using a web browser, navigate to the "Smart DNS Proxy VPN Server List" section on the Smart DNS Proxy Support website. Locate your VPN Server that you like to get connected.
  • In the Internet Address box, enter the address of the vpn server you would like to get connected
  • In the Destination Name box, enter "SDP VPN". Here you can enter more friendly name depending of the servers you like to setup, i.e.; "SDP United States", SDP United Kingdom", "SDP Switzerland".
Click "Create" to continue.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 5

You will see your new connection in Networks.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 06


From Network and Sharing Center select Change adapter settings from the left page.

VPN Setup Windows 7 L2TP Image


Find your Destination Name which you defined in the previous setup sections and right click then select Properties. For example find "Smart DNS Proxy UK".


Select Security from tabs. Change the Type of VPN to Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPSec)
Also make sure to have Microsoft CHAP Version 2 is selected.

Then ​Click Advanced Settings.

Windows 8 L2TP VPN Setup

STEP #10

Click Use pre-shared key for authentication and enter following as Key:


Click OK.

STEP #11

Click on the Network Icon in your task bar right side, next to clock. Click on the setup name you created and click Connect.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 7

STEP #12

Enter your Smart DNS Proxy VPN account username and password. You can find this in your page under VPN status section. Leave domain empty.

Windows 8 VPN Setup 8

Click OK. After the connection, you should now see the VPN connection successfully established.

Windows 8 VPN Setup Image 08

You are now connected and all your internet traffic is Encrypted & Secured!

You can connect and disconnect at anytime using the network menu in the system tray. Simply click on the network icon in the system tray and Networks list will show up right side of your Windows 8 screen. If the VPN connection fails, see the troubleshooting tips below.


There are several reasons that the VPN connection will fail. Here are some things to check. 

  • L2TP protocol might be blocked in your Internet Service Provider connection. Setup SSTP VPN connection. SSTP uses port 443 and it's not possible to be blocked by ISPs. SSTP also provides better encryption but it's little slower. SSTP is not supported by every Smart DNS Proxy VPN servers. So please make sure to select proper server in your setup.

If the VPN connection still fails, please log a ticket with our support team for assistance.

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