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Setting up IKEv2 (strongSwan) on macOS

This guide covers how to download, install, and set up IKEv2 VPN (strongSwan) for macOS devices.

1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen and choose the System Preferences… option
2. Within the System Preferences menu, locate the Network icon and click on it
3. Create a new connection profile by clicking the square “+” (Plus) button on the lower end of the box on the left side
4. Interface: select VPN from the drop-down
5. VPN Type: IKEv2
6. Service name: any name you prefer. For example: UK-1
7. Server Address: enter the Server address: See all VPN servers addresses
8. Remote ID: same as the Server field
9. Local ID: empty
10. Click on the Authentication Settings and proceed to the next step
11. User Authentication type: Username
12. Username: your username
13. Password: your password
14. Put the check mark next to Show VPN status in menu bar located on the left from the “Advanced…” button. Once done, click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the panel
15. Test your newly created connection by clicking the Connect button under “Authentication Settings…” and proceed further
16. After the VPN connection is established, check the Status indicator at the top of the window for any error or warning messages
17. Look for the “Status: Connected” message with the “Connection Time” and “IP Address” details
18. For a quick way to access your VPN connection, locate the VPN indicator on the top of the screen. Look for the “Connect/Disconnect VPN (IKEv2)” option and click on it to open a context menu. From this menu, you can quickly start and stop your VPN session without navigating through the “System Preferences” menu