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    Default How do I configure a vpn connection?

    How to configure a vpn connection on my laptop?

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    Someone please reply to this.

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    Default Re: How do I configure a vpn connection?

    Hey, where do you think you are? We're just volunteers trying to help people. But you just dump one question after another, never providing info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Hey, where do you think you are? We're just volunteers trying to help people. But you just dump one question after another, never providing info.
    Trouble is I don't know what kind of info one would need. One thing would be my location I guess, I am located in Kolkata, India. Other than that isn't the fact that I am using leap15.2 enough info? PLease let me know what other info is needed?

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    Default Re: How do I configure a vpn connection?

    In my case I use a VPN provider called ExpressVPN and on openSUSE I use the application "openVPN". ExpressVPN is one of the more expensive services - you may wish to use a less expensive one.

    I use openSUSE-15.1 and not 15.2 beta, but I assume they should be similar in this area.

    On my openSUSE LEAP-15.1, in YaST > System > Network settings > Global Options, I switched from using 'Wicked' for my network access to using 'Network Manager Service'.

    From my VPN provider, I downloaded a series of "country-name.ovpn" files, one for each country that I want to use the VPN with. I put those files all in one common directory (so I can find/navigate to them easily).

    I then left click (in bottom right of my KDE desktop) on Network Manager , left click on the configuration icon/symbol, and that brings up a "Edit Your Network Connections" box. On the left I see an area entitled "VPN(openvpn). I go to the bottom of that area, and click on the " + " symbol. That brings up a box "Choose a Connection Type - System Settings Module". I scroll right to the bottom to the "Other" area, and click on "Import VPN Connections". That brings up a box (sort of a file manager type box) where I navigate to where the "country-name.ovpn" files are located. I select the country I want to add. Enter root password when prompted.

    That takes me back to the "Choose a Connection Type - System Settings Module" entry box, where under "VPN(openVPN)" the country I just added is present. I select that, and under the VPN(openVPN) tab for that country I add my username and password for ExpressVPN.

    I then close that box, and go to Network Manager in the bottom right of my KDE desktop, and under "Available Connections" I see the country I have chosen. I simply click on that and it connects the VPN.

    Note that not all VPN services will route IPV6 traffic, so you may wish to block IPV6 on your openSUSE and also disable IPV6 in Firefox.

    There are other ways to configure a VPN connection. That is just one way. Other ways use the router and not openSUSE, etc ... etc ...
    Last edited by oldcpu; 18-Jun-2020 at 00:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somdatta View Post
    How to configure a vpn connection on my laptop?
    In the openSUSE documentation, in the Security Guide, there's a section which deals with setting up a VPN Server and Client:

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    In my case I use a VPN provider called ExpressVPN and on openSUSE I use the application "openVPN". ExpressVPN is one of the more expensive services - you may wish to use a less expensive one.

    I use openSUSE-15.1 and not 15.2 beta, but I assume they should be similar in this area.

    On my openSUSE LEAP-15.1, in YaST > System > Network settings > Global Options, I switched from using 'Wicked' for my network access to using 'Network Manager Service'.

    From my VPN provider, I downloaded a series of "country-name.ovpn" files, one for each country that I want to use the VPN with. I put those files all in one common directory (so I can find/navigate to them easily).

    I then left click (in bottom right of my KDE desktop) on Network Manager , left click on the configuration icon/symbol, and that brings up a "Edit Your Network Connections" box. On the left I see an area entitled "VPN(openvpn). I go to the bottom of that area, and click on the " + " symbol. That brings up a box "Choose a Connection Type - System Settings Module". I scroll right to the bottom to the "Other" area, and click on "Import VPN Connections". That brings up a box (sort of a file manager type box) where I navigate to where the "country-name.ovpn" files are located. I select the country I want to add. Enter root password when prompted.

    That takes me back to the "Choose a Connection Type - System Settings Module" entry box, where under "VPN(openVPN)" the country I just added is present. I select that, and under the VPN(openVPN) tab for that country I add my username and password for ExpressVPN.

    I then close that box, and go to Network Manager in the bottom right of my KDE desktop, and under "Available Connections" I see the country I have chosen. I simply click on that and it connects the VPN.

    Note that not all VPN services will route IPV6 traffic, so you may wish to block IPV6 on your openSUSE and also disable IPV6 in Firefox.

    There are other ways to configure a VPN connection. That is just one way. Other ways use the router and not openSUSE, etc ... etc ...

    Ok, thanks a lot, I was looking precisely for something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtisfra View Post
    In the openSUSE documentation, in the Security Guide, there's a section which deals with setting up a VPN Server and Client:
    Ok thanks very much. Something I can actually troubleshoot with, in case I run into problems.

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    My experience is so different, I wonder if I'm doing it wrong.

    I'm on Tumbleweed. I came across a freeware/donationware email service out of Switzerland called Protonmail. After using it as a secondary email account for some time, I got ads for a vpn they run on the same freeware/donationware principle. It's called Protonvpn. I never see articles on either of these services.

    In the free vpn service, they have servers in 3 countries with 3 servers in each. They have dozens of pay servers. Once you install the program, pick the (free) server, it just "shows up" as an openvpn option in Network Manager. The .conf file is not in the openvpn folder however.

    As I said, I never see anything written about Proton, so I don't know its value when compared to other vpn services. I just know it could not be easier to set up and I see no speed difference when I turn it on or shut it off. They strongly suggest using a cli tool when on linux. I didn't do that.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prexy View Post
    My experience is so different, I wonder if I'm doing it wrong.

    I'm on Tumbleweed. I came across a freeware/donationware email service out of Switzerland called Protonmail. After using it as a secondary email account for some time, I got ads for a vpn they run on the same freeware/donationware principle. It's called Protonvpn. I never see articles on either of these services.

    In the free vpn service, they have servers in 3 countries with 3 servers in each. They have dozens of pay servers. Once you install the program, pick the (free) server, it just "shows up" as an openvpn option in Network Manager. The .conf file is not in the openvpn folder however.

    As I said, I never see anything written about Proton, so I don't know its value when compared to other vpn services. I just know it could not be easier to set up and I see no speed difference when I turn it on or shut it off. They strongly suggest using a cli tool when on linux. I didn't do that.
    OK so this is even more interesting. However right now I am at a different location than my actual house due to Covid and thought it better to wait until I get back there. Otherwise if all this somehow messes up the connection here (I guess for starters I would need permission from the internet service providers and they might not agree), then everything will be doomed. Till then, firewalls are good enough, I guess.

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