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Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

My apologies if this question has been asked before. I am trying to get an Android phone device to connect to our VPN but have had no success. I am able to connect an IOS phone or a Mac book, The Meraki documentation shows how to make a connection, using L2TP and IPSEC. I believe our VPN is configured only for L2TP with a secret password.

 

Setting up the connections on the Apple products was easy and worked first time every time, and did not require an IPSEC pre-shared key. On the Android device, I cannot save a setting without having a IPSEC pre-shared key. Anybody had success with this? Will appreciate any help you can offer. Do I need to use a 3rd party VPN client application? If so which one do you suggest?

 

Thank you   

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

that becomes the IPSEC preshared key field value

 

when keying the settings into my phone, i have the following fields shown when Type is PPTP (default value)

 

Name:

Type:

Server Address:

[ ] PPP encryption (MFPS)

[ ] Show advanced options

 

When i change Type to L2TP/IPSec PSK, i get a new set of fields:

 

Name:

Type: L2TP/IPSec PSK

Server Address:

L2TP secret: (not used)

IPSec identifier: (not used)

IPSec preshared key: <your secret password>

[ ] Show advanced options

 

hope that helps 🙂

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

should work with the default Android vpn client

 

with the settings 

https://documentation.meraki.com/MX/Client_VPN/Client_VPN_OS_Configuration#Android

 

-l2tp/ipsec psk

-IP

- ip sec psk

-username, password

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

Thank you for posting a reply to my question.

 

I did use that link as a reference to create the VPN connection in an Android phone, the trouble I am having is, I cannot save the connection in the Android phone if I do not specify a IPSEC pre-shared key. I do not know what the IPSEC pre-shared key is. Is the key available somewhere on the Meraki dashboard? When I set up the VPN on apple devices, I did not need an IPSEC pre-shared key, I only provided a L2TP shared secret password.   

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just tested this now myself after reading this

 

Oneplus one phone connected to VPN using L2TP/IPSEC PSK

 

I assume you you know the secret password?

 

on the oneplus:

Give name

Type:  L2TP/IPSEC PSK

Server: server ip

skip rest till IPSec preshared key: type in PSK key

 

Save, then connect

 

Dashboard/Network/-wide/Clients show me listed.

 

don't need to include domain name <domainname>\<userid> it appears if using AD for authentication

 

 

 

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

L2TP secret is not used, your PSK key goes in the IPSEC preshared key field 🙂

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

Yes, I do know the secret password. Does that become the IPSEC PSK? Or do I find that elsewhere in the Meraki Dashboard? 

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

that becomes the IPSEC preshared key field value

 

when keying the settings into my phone, i have the following fields shown when Type is PPTP (default value)

 

Name:

Type:

Server Address:

[ ] PPP encryption (MFPS)

[ ] Show advanced options

 

When i change Type to L2TP/IPSec PSK, i get a new set of fields:

 

Name:

Type: L2TP/IPSec PSK

Server Address:

L2TP secret: (not used)

IPSec identifier: (not used)

IPSec preshared key: <your secret password>

[ ] Show advanced options

 

hope that helps 🙂

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Ok, thank you.

 

Will try that out and see how it goes. Will report my findings back here.

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Yes, success!

 

Established a connection with the VPN with an Android phone only using the shared secret password as PSK.

 

Thank you. 

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Re: Cannot get Android device to connect to VPN

woohoo! - great stuff 🙂

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