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How to share a VPN connection from your Mac OS

First thing you need to do is setup a PPTP or L2TP VPN connection as per the guides below.

PPTP

L2TP

Once conencted return to the System Preferences menu, then click on Sharing.

go into the sharing preferences

In the Sharing menu, select Internet Sharing from the left panel. The Internet Sharing options will appear on the right side of the screen. Set the following settings:

Share your connection from: [the VPN PPTP/L2TP connection you just created]
To computers using: check the box for Wi-Fi

share your vpn connection via wi-fi

Select Wi-Fi Options…, and enter the following details:

Network Name: [choose a network name]
Channel: [leave as default]
Security: WPA2 Personal
Password: [choose a password]
Verify: [re-enter your password]

Then click OK.

configure your internet-sharing network

Anyone wishing to connect their device to your VPN network will need the password you’ve just set.


Start Internet Sharing

On the Sharing menu, check the box next to Internet Sharing.

You will see a prompt asking you to turn on Internet sharing. Click Start.

turn on your internet sharing

When Internet Sharing has been activated, a green light will appear next to the text: “Internet Sharing: On”.

green circle means internet sharing is on

In your menu bar, you now have two new icons now.

The following icon shows your Internet Sharing status.

wi-fi sharing status in menu bar






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