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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 22:47

How to use ProXPN with OpenVPN on Android.

For the past few weeks I have been hearing the “Security Now” podcast promote a VPN service called ProVPN.

ProXPN is a free, easy to use service that secures your internet connection against eavesdropping, masks your location, and allows you to access your favorite sites no matter where you live or travel to. You can use it with your iOS device as well as Android, to secure your traffic when connecting to Wifi access points. Below is a pricing chart.

They say you need the Premium for iOS and Android 4.0+ Support. What they are referring to is PPTP support. If you follow this guide you can use the basic service via OpenVPN with your free ProXPN account.

If you deside you want to buy ProXPN you can use the offer code SN20 (security now offer code) which gets you 20% off the life of your account. Comes to around $56 per year.
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I signed up for the pro account because I didn’t want to have a bandwidth limit and I also wanted to use pptp on android. In the end I was having some issues where the VPN would disconnect when Android would switch from wifi to cellular data and vice versa

I knew that this service also supported OpenVPN so I wanted to go that route instead plus it's more secure than pptp. Only issue was I found VERY little information on the internet on how to get it to work. In the end I did get it to work, so I thought I would put all the information that I found in one place as well as my procedure. This guide will assume you already have a ProXPN account.

Step1: Download and install the Windows ProXPN Client.
http://www.proxpn.co...stallproXPN.exe

Step 2: Copy the contents of the c:\program files(or Program files x86 depending on which version of windows you have)\proXPN\config to your phones internal memory or SD card. Make sure you put ProXPN.ovpn and the files located in the SSL folder all into the same folder on your phone / SD card.

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Step 3: Download and install OpenVPN for Android from the Google play store

Step 4: Open “OpenVPN” on your Android device and press the folder icon in the bottom right.

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Locate the folder you saved the files to. Now tap on “ProXPN.ovpn” and tap “Select” in the bottom left and then the save icon in the bottom right.

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Step 5: Now on the main screen you should see one labeled “ProXPN”. Tap the settings button to the right of the name.

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Step 6: Tap Basic. Now enter the IP address of the ProXPN OpenVPN server you wish to use. If you are using the free service i've been told the only server you can use is Dallas: 107.6.100.3 . For everyone else I have listed the server location and IP’s below.
Dallas: 107.6.100.3 (free accounts only work on this one)

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NY: 173.231.141.114
NL: 213.179.208.141
UK: 78.157.207.131
LA: 64.27.29.67
Seattle: 216.18.231.179
Singapore: 223.27.170.51

Step 7: Change the server port number to 443 then scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill in your ProXPN username (Email address) and password.

That’s it. It should now be configured. To see if it works go back and tap on the ProXPN on the first page. It should now go through the motions of connecting. Look at the notification bar until it says connected. Now do a "What is my IP address search on Google while connect to your home wifi to see if you now have a different IP than the one provided by your ISP.

One last setting you may or may not want to change is under settings in the main application. You may want to check “Reconnect on network change” otherwise if you switch from cellular to wifi you may be disconnected from the VPN.

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#2 Bob12Duzn

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:19

Thanks, very helpful instructions. Thanks for taking the time to post them! I was able to set up a Nexus 7 tablet. Location of the folder on the display to import proXPN settings from was slightly different, but everything else the same.

Thanks again,

Bob