Chromebook Guide: Setting Up a VPN

How to Set up a VPN on ChromebookWith the whole security thing Google gave to Chromebooks, it’s hard to find problems with it. However, not too long ago, there was a problem with it; you couldn’t setup VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). What’s the point in VPNs, you ask? Well, VPNs are used to heighten security, and it isn’t bad to have one your Chrome laptop. With a VPN, you can use your Google laptop without fear of unwanted remote access, hacks, and protection for your Wi-Fi and hotspot connections. With VPN, your Chromebook will remain safe, so let’s set one up…

Step 1: Locate the Network Icon

  • In the top-right corner of the screen of your Chromebook, you will see a little network icon. Click that.

Step 2: Add Private Network

  • After you’ve gone to the network icon, you will notice a list. Add a private network by finding and clicking “Add Private Network.”

Step 3: Fill In the Proper Fields

  • Upon clicking on “Add Private Network,” you will need to fill out the proper fields. There will be a box displaying a form of L2TP/IPSec connection. L2TP stands for “Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol,” and is a tunneling protocol used to support virtual private networks (VPNs). In any case, fill out the proper fields of that form, which are:
    • Server Hostname: Your VPN provider will give you this info. It’s basically the server address you would like to connect to.
    • Service Name: Include a name for your VPN service. It can be anything of your choosing; it doesn’t matter. Just be sure to name it something you’ll recognize, just so you aren’t at all confused. And in the case that you setup another VPN, make sure you give it a name that can be easily differentiated by future ones.
    • Pre-Shared Key (PSK): Just like with your server hostname, your provider (or network administrator) should provide you with a Pre-Shared Key. Just go ask your provider/network administrator for a pre-shared key and continue.
    • Username: Whatever username your provider gives you for your VPN, enter it.
    • Password: Whatever password your provider gives you for your VPN, enter it.

Step 4: Connect

  • This should be self-explanatory. Simply connect and let your VPN do its thing.

And there you have it! You can now throw together some extra Chromebook security in the form of a VPN. But it’s worth noting that not all VPN services are supported by this Google laptop, such as PPTP, SSL/OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec over Cisco and other Cisco Proprietary VPN implementations. However, Google promises that that will be fixed in the future, so have no fear of that. For now, you can just use L2TP/IPSec with Pre Shared Key (PSK) until you have a broader set of choices of VPNs. Nonetheless, your VPN will really help your Chrome laptop stay safe. After all, safety first!

  1 comment for “Chromebook Guide: Setting Up a VPN

  1. July 14, 2014 at 11:14

    If you’re interested in updates about support of other vpn protocols, take a check at and star that issue to directly show your support to the Chromium team.

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