How to fix L2TP no longer working after Mac OSX Big Sur upgrade

We’re aware of issues with the recent Mac OSX (Big Sur) which has effectively broken the inbuilt MAC VPN client.

If you have upgraded to Big Sur, and you connect via the inbuilt L2TP client, we recommend that you switch to TunnelBlick while we’re waiting for Apple to patch their new OS.

Tunnelblick can be downloaded here.

You will need a config file for each VPN and your VPN credentials which you can find here: #apple #macosx #bigsur

MAC OSX Sierra VPNS have disappeared

In OSX Sierra, Apple have removed support for PPTP VPNs. If you have upgraded, and noticed that your VPNs are no longer there, you will need to create new L2TP VPNs using the instructions here

MAC OSX Sierra IP Addresses

We’re aware that Mac OSX Sierra VPN setup requires an IP address of the server rather than a Servername

IP addresss are likely to change from time to time, so we generally don’t publish them, however, to work around this for Sierra, do the following.

1. open a new terminal window

2. Type nslookup and then the servername 


3. The ip address will be at the bottom of the response

Non-authoritative answer:



How to setup Mac as a wireless router

This article will show you how to setup your Mac as a wireless hotspot, so that you can share your VPN with devices such as Play station, Xbox, ATV, Smart TV which don’t normally support VPN.

You will need to have your mac connected to the internet via a cable (so that the other device can connect via the wireless). You will also need to setup the VanishedVPN client using these instructions, and make sure it is working.

1) Right click the apple icon at the top of the screen, and select system preferences

In the Sharing menu, select Internet Sharing from the left panel. The Internet Sharing options will appear on the right side of the screen. Set the following settings:

Share your connection from: [the VPN connection you just created]
To computers using: check the box for Wi-Fi

Select Wi-Fi Options…, and enter the following details:

Network Name: [choose a network name]
Channel: [leave as default]
Security: WPA2 Personal
Password: [choose a password]
Verify: [re-enter your password]

Then click OK.

Anyone wishing to connect their device to your VPN network will need the password you’ve just set.


Start Internet Sharing

On the Sharing menu, check the box next to Internet Sharing.

You will see a prompt asking you to turn on Internet sharing. Click Start.

When Internet Sharing has been activated, a green light will appear next to the text: “Internet Sharing: On”.

Next , connect to your VPN client.

In the top menu bar , you should now see a timer icon (indicating the VPN is connected) and the wireless icon will change as shown below.

Finally , go to the other device (Playstation, Xbox, ATV, Smart TV), and connect to the wireless connection that you just set up using the password that you set.

You are now connected over the VPN that is being shared on your Mac, and you should be able to access unblocked content.

MAC OSX L2TP setup guide

Open System Preferences and go to the Network section.

Click the + button in the lower-left corner of the window.

Select VPN from the Interface drop-down menu.

Select L2TP from the VPN Type drop-down menu.

Enter anything you like for the Service Name.

Click Create.

For the Server Address, enter one of the following (depending on the content you want to view):


Enter Your VPN Username for the Account Name.

Click the Authentication Settings button.

In the User Authentication section, select the Password radio button and enter Your VPN Password.

Select the ‘shared secret’ field and enter happiness

Click OK.

Check the Show VPN status in menu bar checkbox.

Important !
Click the Advanced button and make sure the ‘Send all traffic over VPN connection’ checkbox is selected.

Click OK to close the Advanced settings, and then click Apply to save the VPN connection information.

Click ‘connect’, and in a couple of seconds you should see the connection established.

You should now be able to browse as normal, and unblock content.

Common issues

1 If you see a login screen when browsing after connecting to the VPN, it’s likely that you didn’t complete step to ‘Send all traffic over VPN’ above

2  If you have connected to the USA server, but you are still seeing your local Netflix catalogue, it’s likely that you didn’t complete step to ‘Send all traffic over VPN’ above