How to connect iPhones and iPads to a Mikrotik L2TP VPN server

Mikrotik allows you to configure L2TP VPN for remote access users with the option to use IPSec for encryption. When configured properly, Mikrotik L2tp allows mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets to connect to an internal network and have access to all local resources on the network irrespective of the physical locations of the remote users. One of the problems Apple have is how to connect iPhones and iPads to a Mikrotik l2tp VPN server. In this post, we will look at how to solve this problem.

I have observed that when L2tp VPN is configured on a Mikrotik router, Apple users have issues dialing into the VPN network while Windows users have less troubles making use of the services. This is simply because Apple places so much emphasis on security and requires that certain factors acceptable to Windows clients be modified before iOS devices can connect.

To connect iPhones and iPads to a Mikrotik l2tp VPN server, one of the following authentication and encryption protocols must be used:

  • Authentication: mschap1 or mschap2

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  • IPsec must be used for encrption with hash or MD5 used as hash algorithm while encryption algorthm should be set to 3des, aes128, or aes256.

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Connect iPhones and iPads to a Mikrotik l2tp VPN

To successfully connect iPhones and iPads to a Mikrotik l2tp VPN server, follow the steps explained below:

  • Set description to any name, preferrably a name that is related to the connection, eg. office for dialing into office network.
  • Server: enter the public IP address on the Mikrotik router on which the l2tp vpn has been configured
  • Account name: matches a PPP name entered in PPP secrete

connect iphone and iPad to Mikrotik l2tp vpn

  • Turn off RSA securlD if preshared key was used for IPsec authentication.
  • Enter IPsec secret in the field for password and PPP secret in the field for secret.

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