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How to set up a VPN in fedora 21?

asked 2015-01-30 13:05:19 -0500

SantoshHoropter gravatar image

I have searched online and clearly no one that I found gave me step by step procedure to set up a VPN. We all know how irritating it is when ISP blocks access to some important websites mistaking it for malicious websites. My ISP has blocked crucial sites regarding the updates of fedora. In conclusion, can please, someone experienced, guide me to set up a VPN? thanks in advance.

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Hi, First of all, you can use the Network Manager (Settings --> Network) to set up your VPN connection but you might have to install additional packages depending on what VPN connection you want to set up. OpenVPN, Cisco VPN...??

I think you will have to provide more information about the server you want to connect to.

You could also use proxies (google for open proxies) to access pages that your ISP blocks.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-01-31 05:21:20 -0500 )edit

I wish to use cisco vpn. I want to connect to servers that help update my system. ex: using proxies worked in browser, not on terminal.

SantoshHoropter gravatar imageSantoshHoropter ( 2015-01-31 07:07:18 -0500 )edit

Are you using the mirror of to update your Fedora system? If so, try others!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-01-31 17:49:49 -0500 )edit

I just gave an example. See, here's the problem. I wish to update my system and some mirror sites of fedora are not being able to connect with me. I am sure it is because of my ISP. I asked him about it but he's being stubborn to even look into the matter. This is causing huge pain as I need to update my system. I heard that making a VPN would solve the problem. Unfortunately, I know nothing about VPN in terms of setting one up. Now, I need some advice on two things.
1. Is this the right way to solve my problem (setting up VPN)
2. How to set up a VPN to solve my problem?

SantoshHoropter gravatar imageSantoshHoropter ( 2015-02-01 01:31:39 -0500 )edit

Also does VPN work on terminal or is it Browser only thing? Thanks in advance Florian.

SantoshHoropter gravatar imageSantoshHoropter ( 2015-02-01 01:32:44 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-31 15:48:19 -0500

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updated 2015-01-31 17:47:19 -0500

You need to install a package called vpnc first: Run sudo yum install vpnc. Then, you will have to set up the connection in the Gnome NetworkManager: Add a new connection (+) and select VPN, select Cisco compatible controller.

But you will also need some more information about the server (IP, credentials, authentication) you want to connect to.

Regarding your proxy: You can also set up a global proxy for your system so that all traffic is routed through this proxy: Use the NetworkManager to set up a proxy, and do not set it up in your browser.

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