[lug] neat trick with gnome + network manager + VPN

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Fri Sep 15 08:16:42 MDT 2017

Good trick! Thanks for sharing. What VPN service are you using?

I just started using TunnelBear and it's working pretty well so far. They
don't "officially" support linux in that they don't build a client for it,
but they have instructions available for using standard VPN tools to
connect to their endpoints. The experience on my phone with their client is
very seamless.


On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 7:58 PM, Bear Giles <bgiles at coyotesong.com> wrote:

> I came across this when playing with the VPN configurations.
> 0. install network-manager-openvpn-gnome.
> 1. right-click on network icon and go to bottom of menu - select Edit
> Connections.
> 2. create your VPN entry. (This lets you easily select it by
> right-clicking on the network icon and then selecting VPN Connections.) You
> can import a .ovpn file, or just read the configuration and figure out what
> values to use.
> 3. edit your wired and wifi connections. On the 'General' tab one of the
> last items is "Connect to this VPN...". You can specify one of your VPN
> connections.
> The wifi connections that launch without forcing me to a login page work
> fine - they launch with the VPN enabled.
> I haven't had a chance to try it on a wifi connection that requires a
> login page. It might be smart enough to recognize the private IP address
> range and not route through the VPN for those connections.
> This solves one of my annoyances - I might have a VPN account but a lot of
> traffic goes out between when I establish the connection and when I can
> right-click on the network icon and turn on the VPN. Not everything uses
> https. This should eliminate that window.
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