SymVPN tutorial

Great news everyone,  I’ve finally managed to get a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) test account (from SwissVPN), so I can write this tutorial. I’ll be using the best VPN application for s60 (both v3 and v5) – Telexy’s SymVPN. This easy-to-use utility with superb functionality just received a major update (v2.0 – added full support for s60 3.2 and s60v5). Now it supports Destinations, and more applications are compatible with it. Here’s the official picture (© http://www.telexy.com):

SymVPN supports Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and it secures, I quote “user authentication, channel data encryption, session with VPN Server management”.  This app also works really well with other Telexy’s products.

To set this up properly, you will need three things from your VPN provider: (List of some VPN providers that work with SymVPN can be found here.)

1. VPN server address (or name) – for example connect.swissvpn.net

2. Username

3. Password

So, when you receive this details from your provider, you are ready to begin setting up SymVPN. Launch the application, and go down till you get to ‘Settings’:

Click on it, and select ‘Accounts’:

We need to make a new account for VPN connection, so click ‘Options->Add new’, and you’ll see the following screen:

In the first field, fill in the username that you received from your VPN provider, and in the “Password” field the corresponding password. Click ‘Done’ and you will see your new account in the account list, as shown below:

Now, select ‘Back’, and you’ll be at the ‘Settings’ screen. Select ‘PPTP VPN’ icon, and then click ‘Options->Add new”. This will open the screen where you need to fill in some details in order to make a new VPN connection:

Let’s go field by field:

1. ‘Name’ – type in anything you want here, this will be the name of your VPN access point.

2. ‘Access point’ – select the access point that connects your phone to the Internet from the list of available access points.

3. ‘Host’ – fill in the host name or host’s IP address. You received this detail from your VPN provider!

4. ‘Account’ – select the account we made previously.

Here’s an example:

Click ‘Done’ and that should be it! Just to make sure everything is OK, highlight your VPN connection and click ‘Options->Verify’. After a couple of seconds, you should see the following screen (your details will be different than mine, and that’s just fine!):

Congratulations!!! You’ve successfully made a VPN connection. Click ‘Done’ for one last time, and exit the application. Now, every time you open your browser (or any other application that uses network connection), you will be able to choose your VPN access point from the list of available APs.

Select the VPN access point if you need secure connection, or regular AP if you don’t.

I’ve also made a video tutorial about setting up SymVPN and setting up VPN connection on Windows 7, I hope you’ll enjoy watching it:

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Comment are welcome.

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    • Steep
    • August 9th, 2010

    Very well done, thank you.
    One question though… You talk about host details received by the VPN provider – but if I want to connect to my home LAN the host would be the XP PC I did set up as VPN server, right?
    Sadly, I never can connect to this, verification always times out

    • Chris
    • April 26th, 2011

    I use a nokia e71; latest SW updates; SymVPN 2.00 trial version.

    I did follow the instructions in detail; and we have a vpn-server at the university (which works for linux, xp, iOS etc) however, no matter which
    accounts i setup, I get an error messsage when verifying, saying “could not connect; decimal error=-34”. I verified that the WLAN connection is ok. I also used the IP-address directly, instead of the vpn-server name.
    any hints?
    Chris

  1. Cool! Thanks for the tutorial. Do you know where I can get free VPN accounts?

  1. March 16th, 2010

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