Create a VPN connection a KDE user OpenVPN is a fairly simple task thanks to KNetworkManager. In this post we will graphically create a VPN connection using the password login. To create the connection we only need the certificate provided by our provider, as well as our username and password.
We will start by clicking on the network icon in the system tray, and then on the option Manage connections.
In the section of Network connections we select the VPN connections. The option appears on the right Add new connection, Select OpenVPN from the drop-down menu.
In the new window we enter the following data:
- Gateway: The address of our supplier
- Connection type: Select key
- AC Archive: Here we will have to navigate to the certificate
- Username: We enter our username
- Password: We enter our password
If we wish we can tell KNetworkManager to remember our password, this way we will not have to enter it every time we establish the connection.
Then we will go to the tab Optional parameters and we will select the option Use LZO compression. We leave the rest with their default values unless our provider requires some other option especially to work. We accept the changes.
You will now be able to see the new connection in the list of VPN connections. We apply the changes and agree to close the control module.
Click the network icon again and the new connection will be ready to use. Select it and, if all went well, the network icon will now have a padlock indicating that the VPN connection has been established. You can verify your IP on any page provided by this tool to verify that you are browsing through the VPN.
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