SwissVPN connection through OpenVPN (Mac OS X)

As an alternative to the standard PPTP VPN connection, SwissVPN now operates a service using OpenVPN. While PPTP is still the recommended protocol, OpenVPN may be able to pass through firewalls and proxy servers where PPTP cannot get through.

The OpenVPN configuration for SwissVPN only requires outbound TCP connections on port 443 to be allowed (and a working DNS service, of course).

  1. Download our prepared Viscosity configuration and save it in a place where you can find it easily (e.g. your desktop).
  2. Download and install Viscosity. This software costs $9, but there is a free 30 day trial. We currently only recommend this software for OpenVPN connections under Mac OS X as it gives the best user experience and success rates compared to other options.
  3. Start Viscosity (from the Applications folder).
  4. Open Viscosity preferences using the menu in the top right corner of your screen.
  5. Choose "Import Connection > From File".
  6. Choose the SwissVPN.visz file that you downloaded in the first step.
  7. Choose "Connect SwissVPN" from the menu in the top right corner of your screen.
  8. Enter your SwissVPN username and password in the dialog box and click OK.
  9. If the connection is successful, the icon will turn green and all connections to the Internet will use your SwissVPN tunnel.
  10. To disconnect, choose "Disconnect SwissVPN" from the menu in the top right corner of your screen.