Setting up Windows XP to use the SimplyExpats.net PPTP VPN service

Before you start you must make sure that you have enabled our UK Proxy VPN Access Service in your Control Panel. If you are an existing SimplyExpats.net user, and have already activated your account in the control panel, you can skip to section 3.

1.0 Activate your User Control Panel

Login to the User Control Panel by clicking on the link below:

Login to the SimplyExpats.Net Control Panel

The Login window will be displayed as below.

Login using the Username and Password you received from PayPal.

(Your Username and Password are also recorded in your PayPal Account).

2.0 Confirm your Account Details & Activate your Account

Once you have successfully logged in, the SimplyExpats.Net Account Confirmation window will be displayed.

 

Press the Confirm Details & Activate your Account button.

Once your account is activated, you will be returned to the main SimplyExpats.Net User Control Panel window.

3.0     Configuring your Windows Computer to use the SimplyExpats.net VPN Service

Setting up Windows XP to use the SimplyExpats.net service is simple.
First, Open the Windows Control Panel,

Select Network Connections


Then choose Set up a new connection or network.

The Connection Wizard is displayed

In the next window, select Connect to the networt at my workplace and press Next.

In the next window, set the Connection Type to Virtual Private Network connection and press Next.

In the next window, enter SimplyExpats.net for the Company Name and press Next.

The Server Selection Windows is displayed.

For the Host Name type pptp.esixgroup.net and press Next.
The Completion Window will be displayed.

Tick the “Add Shortcut to this connection to my desktop” box, and press Finish.

In the next window, enter your username and password. These were generated by PayPal, when you subscribed to the SimplyExpats.net VPN service. Your username and password are also stored as a subscription in your PayPal account. This can be found by selecting Profile -> My pre-approved payments. Your subscription to the SimplyExpats.Net service is marked Esix Limited.
Check the Remember this password box.

The set up  should now be able to connect to the SimplyExpats.net service.

4.0     Connecting to the SimplyExpats.net Service

VPN systems are slightly different from traditional web proxy based systems.
Unlike web proxies, a VPN is an on demand service. You login or connect to the service when you need it, and disconnect or logout when you have finished.
Put simply, you connect to the SimplyExpats.net service, when you require access to Internet sites in the UK, for example to watch UK iPlayers or access UK related websites., and disconnect when you have finished.

Note: Some Windows users have reported poor performance when connected via the VPN. This is due to a negotiation problem with Windows based systems, and is easily resolved. Please contact our helpdesk if you encounter this problem.

4.1     Connecting to the Service

To connect to the service, simply click on the SimplyExpats.net Icon on your desktop.

The service login dialog box will be displayed.

Press Connect, and your computer will connect to the SimplyExpats.Net UK Access Servers.

4.2     Disconnecting from the Service

To disconnect from the service, simply click on the lSimplyExpats.net icon on your desktop.

The Service Status window will be displayed.

Press the disconnect button to disconnect from the service.

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