ipsec and ubuntu

kroyk

New Member
Nobody else has this need?
I hope that linux client will support ipsec soon. Your windows client work very well with ipsec...but I prefer using Ubuntu than Windows.
 

JackCarver

Junior Member
IPSec isn't that easy than OpenVPN. It's far more complex and it is originally designed for professional use to setup one to one connections between two IPSec endpoints. It wasn't designed for road warriors like OpenVPN and OpenVPN is much better than IPSec for road warrior usage. So IPSec has problems passing NAT without the right options and so on. As you use Linux you have to do a little more than on windows, burt it is possible to get it to work with PSK or with certificates, as you want to.

First point to start is here:

https://www.strongswan.org

You have to install strongswan or openswan to use IPSec on Linux, i would recommend using strongswan. Strongswan itself has several configuration files and places to put certificates or PSK keys. To understand all of this you have to read a little strongswan Documentation:

https://wiki.strongswan.org/projects/strongswan/wiki/UserDocumentation

There you have everything you need to understand and to configure strongswan for your needs. You can find config examples a little down that page.
 

JackCarver

Junior Member
Btw is IPSec on Win the same may be or may not be thing as it is on OSX and to save work and nerves i would also recommend using OpenVPN on Win or OSX...
On Linux you have the biggest chance to get it right, as you can use strongswan, what many linux IPSec servers use also. On OSX the raccoon client is also a little piece of...
 

kroyk

New Member
Thanks Jack,
I've already tried to install and use strongswan, but without success. Therefore for the moment I will continue to use IPSec on Windows: download speed is much higher than OpenVPN.
 

JackCarver

Junior Member
I've already tried to install and use strongswan, but without success.
I said, it's not easy to get it running on linux. I will see what i have on my debian Jessie installation, perhaps i can post you the needed configs for PSK.
 

kroyk

New Member
Thanks Jack,
you are very kind but I don't want you waste your time. I'm not a skilled user and so I could need basic step by step instructions.
Therefore don't worry, I continue to use openvpn on Ubuntu and IPSec on Windows.
 
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