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Trying to set up the Softether VPN Server.

Here are the screen shots of what I have.  Am I getting anywhere? I don't know what to do next.

 When I Go to the VPN on the Ipad Pro I get a screen with a lot items that need filled in.  ...Type L2TP;

Description (required)  what goes here?

Server         (required) what goes here?

Account (required)      what goes here?

Password (ask every time) ?

Secret (required)   what goes here?











Any help would be great.
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roger
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Roger,

I will follow you along.  I don't know my WAN from a VPN.  However, I  started it setting it and I gave up.  
To those who know how. Please post them with pictures so we can get ours done.  
Thanks.
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There is a very good and easy to follow tutorial with video and pictures at:

https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/softether-for-use-as-vpn-for-smart-sdr
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How or better which applications need to be installed?  There are so many Softether VPN applications, such, as for Window, Bridge etc...
Do I download all or just what I need? But, how do I know what I need? This is what I mean that not knowing what needs to be install exasperate many and it seems as entering  a tunnel with no end in site.
I ;just like to be able to work my F-6700 remotely:being able to turn it I/O, change bands, etc...
In effect, I just want it to do the basic functions.  
I am NOT an Apple fan; otherwise I would have purchased K6TU apps.
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I haven't made much progress either. W3DCB in Howard's post bought a compute with the Softether already installed. 

Roger
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There are a number of networking steps to go through to have your SoftEther setup work properly.

When first installing SoftEther make sure you setup the VPN server and the VPN bridge. Flex Radio SmartSDR requires Ethernet broadcasts to find the 6000 series radio. Bridging allows broadcasts to pass through the VPN tunnel while routing typically does not.

Follow these instructions:
https://www.softether.org/4-docs/2-ho...

If you are going to use the SoftEther client on a PC or Mac then pick one of the ports the server uses. I would recommend port 443 or 5555, assuming your ISP does not block these ports. You will need to configure a rule on your router to forward TCP port 443 or 5555 from your outside WAN (internet facing) interface to the internal IP address of the computer you installed the SoftEther server. Once you configure the port number you chose on the SoftEther client on a PC or Mac you should should get a connection.

If you will be using a iPad or IPhone remotely via the built-in iOS L2TP client you will need to setup additional port forwarding rules on your router. Those additional forwarded ports are:

UDP 1701, UDP 500 and UDP 4500

Again, these ports are from your outside WAN (internet facing) interface to the internal IP address of the computer you installed the SoftEther server.

I hope this helps!

Carmine
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Thank you; now I am making head and tail progress... Software install...
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Setting up the Server
 
1.) From the download center (http://www.softether-download.com/en.aspx?product=softether) select SoftEther VPN Clien,.  then “Windows” for platform, then “Intel (x86 and x64)” for CPU. Then the download links for the install will be shown at the bottom of the page. Download the setup program for “SoftEther VPN Server”.
2.) Run the server install program. From the list of components select “SoftEther VP Server”.   Set up the server using the following steps
3.) Start the “SoftEther VPN Service Manager”.
4.) Using your mouse double click "Localhost (This server), or click the “Connect” button.
5.) The first time you open the “server Settings Window” it will prompt you for a password. This password is used to for access to the server administration properties (make note of it - however the manager program will remember it by default, so if you are connecting from the local machine entering the password is not required.)
6.) Next the “Easy Setup” window will be shown. Check the box for “Remote Access VPN Sever” and “Site-to-site VPN Server” (under site-to-site “VPN Server that Accepts Connection from other sites” should be selected) and then click “Next”.
7.) A window asking if you “really want to do this” will be shown, choose 'yes'.
8.) Next a "Virtual Hub" name will be requested. Enter a name that is reflective of the LAN you are on (such as “Ham Shack/Home”).
9.) Next the "Dynamic DNS Function" setup page will be shown. Here you can enter a memorable hostname if you wish (or accept the default if you will be accessing the server via IP or some other hostname service). Then click “Exit”.
10.) Next the “IPSec / L2TP / EtherIP / L2TPv3” settings window will be displayed. You do not need to change any of these, just click “OK”.
11.) The “VPN Azure Service” settings window will appear. Choose “Disable VPN Azure” and click “OK”.
12.) The “VPN Easy Setup Tasks” window should now be displayed. Click on the “Create Users” button to add a user to the system. This defines the user credentials that you will use to connect to the VPN (using the client software). Enter a user name and password. Make sure “Password Authentication” is selected for the “Auth Type”. Then click “OK”. A 'user has been created' window will be displayed.
13.) Next the “Manager Users” window will appear. Click “Exit” to move on.
14.) Going back to the “VPN Easy Setup Tasks” window, step 2 should be disabled. For “Step 3” use the drop down to select the main Ethernet card (attached to the physical LAN) for the system. Then click “Close”.
15.) You should now see the “Manager VPN Server “localhost”” window that displays a virtual hub list containing the virtual hub that was just configured. At this point the server should be configured & operational (you can click “Exit” and then close the “SoftEther VPN Server Manager” interface).
16.) At this time you may wish to open your local LAN router software interface and setup the LAN router port forwarding of the main connection port you want to use (“5555” for example)to the machine that is running the server.

Once the server software is installed and set up it will run automatically in the background as a Windows service. The “SoftEther VPN Server Manager” software can be used to modify any settings beyond the initial setup if needed.

 
Setting up the VPN Client (on the remote computer)

The VPN client software must be installed on all computers you want to connect to the VPN server (and thus be able to access the LAN that the server software is associated with). This is the same LAN to which you have connected your Flex 6000 series radio.

1,) From the primary download web page ( http://www.softether-download.com/en.aspx?product=softether ) select “SoftEther VPN Client”, then “Windows” for platform, then “Intel (x86 and x64)” for CPU. Then the download links for the install will be shown at the bottom of the page. Download the setup program for “SoftEther VPN Client”.
2.) Run the VPN client install program that you just downloaded.
3.) When asked what components to install select “SoftEther VPN Client”. Then proceed through the rest of the install choosing the defaults.
4.) Start the “SoftEther VPN Client Manager”.
5.) Double click “Add VPN Connection”
6.) If this is the first time you've run the software, you will be asked to first setup a "Virtual Network Adapter", click “Yes”. In the “Create New Virtual Network Adapter” pop up window, give your virtual adapter a name. You can (and probably should) use the default name of “VPN”. Click the “OK” button”, then give it time to install the “Virtual Network Adapter”. When the VPN Client adapter is shown in the “Virtual Network Adapter Name” (at the bottom half of the window) box as 'enabled', you are ready for the next step.
7.) Now double click “Add VPN Connection” (for the second time). The “New VPN Connection Setting Properties” window should be displayed.
8.) Assign the “Setting Name” to be something representative of the network that you will be connecting to.
9.) For the “Host Name” enter the internet accessible IP address (or domain name) for the router of the network that your VPN server machine is connected to. Choose the port number that the server has been configured to use (Some users favor 5555). After entering the first two items, the drop down “Virtual Hub Name” selector should be populated with the virtual hubs that are hosted on that server - choose the one you want to connect to (typically there will be only one).
10.) Enter your username and password for the VPN in the “User Authentication Setting” box (and have the “Auth Type” set to “Standard Password Authentication”).
11.) Click “OK” to close the window and save the settings.
12.) Back in the “SoftEther VPN Client Manager” window, right-click the new VPN connection you just added and then choose “Connect” on the menu that appeared. When connected the “status” will show as “connected”.

The SoftEther client software will run automatically when the computer is rebooted (and automatically connect to any networks that it was connected to when the machine was shut down).

Misc Info
Virtual Network Adapter Priority

Windows sets the priority for which network card is used automatically. This can cause the virtual VPN adapter to be the default, which is typically not what you want (generally you want the 'real' adapter on the machine to be the default). You can set the priority of the virtual network adapters by doing this:

1.) Open the Windows “Network Connections” window. [You can get to this by right clicking on the VPN virtual adapter in the SoftEther client and choosing “Open Windows Network Connections”]
2.) Right click on the VPN virtual network adapter in the “Network Connections” window and choose “Properties”.
3.) Choose “Internet Protocol Version 4” in the list and click the “Properties” button.
4.) Click the “Advanced” button (located near the bottom of the window)
5.) In the “IP Settings” tab, deselect “Automatic Metric” and enter a value of “100” for the “Interface metric”.
6.) Then click OK on all the windows.
7.) Restart the VPN connect (and possibly reboot)

Alternate instructions (from Windows Vista):

1.) Using the Client, under the “Virtual Adapter” menu item, select the “Open Windows Network Connections” window.
2.) Right click on the VPN virtual network adapter in the “Network Connections” window and choose “Properties”.
3.) On the “VPN Client Properties” window, choose “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” in the list and click the “Advanced” button.
4.) Click the “Advanced” button (located near the bottom of the window)
5.) In the “IP Settings” tab, 'deselect' “Automatic Metric” and enter a value of “100” for the “Interface metric”.
6.)Then, click OK or Close on all the windows.
7.) Restart the VPN connect (and possibly reboot)

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This is without a doubt the best instructions to date. I need the TCP and UDP ports that must be forwarded.
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Thanks Howard, appreciate it.
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Hi Howard,

Are these steps still valid with the latest Windows 10

Thanks
Roger
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I follow the instructions and it appears to work.  However, I need to get the VPN Client install. My Windows 10 tablet and my Android phone are not able to run the software. And that's the only thing (i think!) that I need to set up to try it.
The Server installation and setup instructions was very easy.
Once I get this checked and working, I'll make it available to the forum members.
Not much of a setup here in Florida, since the limitations and HOA CC&R's.
Gear: Flex-6700 and a Hy-Gain 18HT Hy-Tower. No amplifier but worked DXCC in less than 2 years in Florida. 
Thank you all for your help. 73, from IOTA NA-138 Amelia Island (aka) Fernandina Beach
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windows 10 has a built-in vpn client.
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I tried it and it did not work in my Win10 tablet. I am looking for reasonably price small computer... that will work with Softether Client. 
any suggestions?
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Hi Ernest,

Are you looking for a Windows tablet or 2 in 1 Windows computer? If the latter, I suggest for consideration the Acer Switch Alpha 12, a knock-off of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, for roughly half the price. Fanless (liquid cooled), i5 CPU, 12" QHD display, Intel HD 520 graphics, 8 GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $630.  

I've had one for eight months and it has performed flawlessly with SmartSDR, DX Labs Suite, DDUtil and Ethernet to serial adapter drivers, employing SoftEther client or OpenVPN for remote operations.  Just loafs with these apps and several others running. 

Good luck and 73,

Larry KB1VFU
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Thank you Larry and ALL,
My wife gave me her old I5 HP dm4.1 notebook with Win10.
I will get back and play with VPN in the next few days.  Been up to Northern GA/TN on vacation and will catch up reading the forum, regarding this subject.