How To Connect Your MAC via VPN

Step 1: Open System Preferences and then select Network

Step 1: Open System Preferences and then select Network

Step 2: Click + and then select VPN under the interface option and specify PPTP

Network Preferences

click the "create button"

Step 2: Click + and then select VPN under the interface option. Specify either PPTP or L2TP

Step 3: Select Configuration and then Add Configuration. Name it “WooVPN”.

Step 3: Select Configuration and then Add Configuration. Name it

Step 4: Enter nl.woovpn.com as server’s address (or FQDN) and the user name from your VPN activation email.

(optionally you can use any of the following servers: usa.woovpn.com or de.woovpn.com or uk.woovpn.com or se.woovpn.com or fr.woovpn.com )

Step 4: Enter the VPN server’s IP address (or FQDN) and user name.

Step 5: Select Authentication Settings… and then enter the password from your VPN account

Step 5: Select Authentication Settings and then enter the password.

Step 6: Make sure Show VPN status in menu bar is selected, then click Apply.

That’s it, you’re ready to go! On your menu bar, you’ll see a new icon that looks like a luggage tag. Click this and then select Connect VPN. Once it’s connected, you’ll see a timer starting.

When a VPN connection is established, you will see a timer on the menu bar
When a VPN connection is established, you will see a timer on the menu bar

Now we’ve established a VPN connection, go back to System Preferences and you’ll see some connection information, including your VPN’s IP address.

System Preferences will also display connection details such as IP address and time connected
System Preferences will also display connection details such as IP address and time connected

Sending All Traffic Over VPN

By default, your Mac will only pass necessary traffic via VPN, such as accessing a file server or other machines or sites that are on the same network as the VPN server. However, we can override this.

Go back in System Preferences and select Advanced….

Go back in System Preferences and select Advanced.
Go back in System Preferences and select Advanced.

Straight away, we see an option to Send all traffic over VPN connection. Ticking this and then saving the changes will mean your Mac will pass all network traffic over the VPN. It is generally not recommended since it can make your Internet connection appear very slow and you may also find accessing servers and printers on the network you’re physically on is stopped.

For all the data to be passed over the VPN once the option is enabled, we need to set the service order. This is the order that your Mac passes data over the network. We must have the VPN as the first service in the list. To do this, select the drop down cog menu and select Set Service Order... From here, you can drag the services into the required order, making sure the VPN is at the top.

Set the VPN to be the highest in the list of services
Set the VPN to be the highest in the list of services