How to set up ipredator VPN, Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic)

First things first, ipredator (http://www.ipredator.se) is a VPN tunnel service that let’s you surf anonymously. It is also in Sweden, which makes a difference (since Sweden have very different laws regarding internet security than for example the UK) and this is A Good Thing if you are concerned about security.

Whatever your reasons you might find yourself signing up for a 3 month subscription with IPREDator, like I’ve done.

The instructions on their web site cover how to set up a VPN connection in Windows (XP+Vista, works for W7 too) and for OSX. Not for Linux though, which is what I have.

So, with your user name and password for your ipredator account at the ready getting it is pretty straight forward to get it going and without any further ado, here it goes:

Install the NetworkManager and the PPTP (Point To Point Tunneling Protocol) extensions:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome network-manager-pptp

You probably have the network manager already, but perhaps not the pptp extension.

Now, restart your network manager:

sudo NetworkManager restart

Select the network manager (either from your launch panel or from System->Preferences->Network connections) and click the VPN tab.

Click “Add” and you should be presented with a form where you can fill in some fields:

Set “Gateway” to “vpn.ipredator.se”

Guess what you need to set “User name” and “Password” too…

Leave “NT Domain” blank.

Give the connection a name or leave it as-is (I called it “IPREDator”…)

Click the “Advanced…” button.

Select “Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE)” and leave all other options as-they-are.

You’re done, “ok” your way out of there.

Now you should be ready. In the network manager drop down list of available connections (from the launch panel) you have “VPN Connections” under which you will see your newly added ipredator connection.

Select it and see it think for a while…until it connects and you’re in!

Problems

I normally have to try a couple of times before it works. Perhaps it is down to the ipredator server being busy and if the service takes off I hope this will improve. For now I have to retry 2 perhaps 3 times on average before I get the connection.

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4 thoughts on “How to set up ipredator VPN, Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic)

  1. UPDATE: Since I wrote this my ipredator vpn connection (both from Ubuntu and Windows 7) has stopped working and IPREDator is not responding to support email request. Well, that was money wasted then…but at least my post can be used to help set up a generic VPN connection…

    1. It’s strange – I had it working for a while (like a dream in fact ) from the UK but then it started being intermittent again. A shame really, it would be a great thing to have working properly

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