Mac OS L2TP/IPsec VPN connects but no access to remote network


L2TP/IPsec VPN successfully connects to a remote VPN server, but Mac OS still has no access to the remote network.


To resolve the issue I had to select "Send all traffic over VPN connection" in VPN network Advanced settings.

Alternative way to resolve this was to move VPN network above Wi-Fi in Mac OS Network control (click on cog icon > Set Service Order).

If you want VPN to work in a split-mode (where traffic intended for the remote network is sent over VPN, but all other traffic goes directly over Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection), you have to add a static route manually. To do this open Terminal and run:

sudo route add -net -interface ppp0 - Remote network
ppp0 - VPN interface name (can be found by running ifconfig)

To view existing static routes run:

netstat -r


December 2017
Mac OS High Sierra (10.13)


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