SwissVPN setup guide – Fedora Linux

This guide was tested on Fedora 10 which uses the Gnome desktop. These instructions will even work on the Live CD version. That means if you are at a hotel or internet cafe and want to safely connect back home, not only is your operating system environment secure, but your connection is as well with SwissVPN.

  1. Choose System > Administration > Add/Remove Software
    If you are prompted for a password, enter the root password to continue. Adding and removing software requires root authority.
  2. In the search field, enter "pptp" and click "Find". When the matching software packages appear, click the box next to the NetworkManager VPN plugin for pptp and then click "Apply". When prompted about the additional packages to be installed, click "Install". If Fedora prompts you to run the new application, just click "Close".
  3. Click on the NetworkManager applet in the panel (usually at the top of the screen) and choose VPN Connections > Configure VPN
  4. In the Network Connections dialog, click "Add".
  5. Choose Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) as the connection type, then click "Create".
  6. On the Editing VPN connection dialog, enter the following values:
    Connection name: SwissVPN (or another name of your choosing)
    Gateway: connect.swissvpn.net
    User name: put your assigned username here
    Password: put your assigned password here
    Then click "Advanced".
  7. Deselect (uncheck) the following authentication methods: PAP, CHAP, MSCHAP.
    Only MSCHAPv2 and EAP should be selected. Select "Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE)". Click "OK" then click "Apply".

    If you are prompted to protect the keyring, enter a password of your choosing twice, then click "OK". Click "Close" to close the Network Connections dialog.

  8. To activate the VPN connection, click the NetworkManager applet, then choose VPN Connections > SwissVPN
  9. The NetworkManager applet will show a swirling icon until the connection is established. If the VPN connection is successful, the icon will show a lock symbol.
  10. You are now connected to SwissVPN!

    To verify that all your connections to the Internet pass through your secure SwissVPN connection, simply visit http://www.swissvpn.net and check the indicator.

    To disconnect the VPN, Click the NetworkManager applet, then choose VPN Connections > Disconnect VPN.