Frank Chen
Jun 16 · 2 min read
  1. On MacOS, set up a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection using this Synology recipe. You’ll need the pre-shared key that you set up in Step 1.
  2. Connect to the VPN server. You can put a status indicator in your menu bar if you want to easily see whether you’re connected.
  3. Finally, add a static route so you can “see” all the devices in the private address space on the other side of the VPN. I used Rob Allen’s directions, which puts a 1-line script in /etc/ppp/ip-up, and MacOS automatically executes this script when you connect to the VPN. I used the Synology documentations recommendation of using the Synology server’s static IP address rather than 192.168.1.0/16 (what Rob showed).
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