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Remote VPN to Fritz!Box from Mac OS X: don’t forget to set your Group Name to be the same as the User Name

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/01

With en empty Group Name you get this:

No Group Name means no connection

No Group Name means no connection

The bad thing is: the Fritz!Box will not tell you this in any of the logs.

So don’t forget to set the Group Name to be the same as the Account Name in the ….:

Always enter the Group Name in the Authentication Settings

Always enter the Group Name in the Authentication Settings

Then you can successfully connect:

VPN connection succeeded!

VPN connection succeeded!

–jeroen

Reminder to self when setting up a new VPN connection from a Mac:

  1. Add a new network
  2. At Interface, choose VPN.
  3. At VPN Type, choose Cisco IPSec.
  4. At Service Name, choose a short name for the service (wide names won’t fit in the menu or list of network connections).
  5. Press the Create button to continue.
  6. At Server Address enter the IP-address of the VPN server.
  7. At Account Name enter the Account of the Fritz!Box VPN connection.
  8. Press the Authentication Settings button to get the Machine Authentication dialog.
  9. At Shared Secret enter the secret of the Fritz!Box VPN connection..
  10. At Group Name enter the Account of the Fritz!Box VPN connection.
  11. Press the OK button.
  12. Ensure the Show VPN status in menu bar is checked.
  13. Press the Apply button.

 

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