Download and install SoftEther VPN Client For Windows

In order to use SoftEther VPN client for Windows to connect to the UH SoftEther VPN, follow the procedure below.

This procedure will take about 10 minutes, not including the time to download the client.

There is a possibility that you may need to suspend your anti-virus during installation, or alter the configuration of personal firewall software, in order to make SoftEther VPN Client work properly.

What follows below is a step-by-step installation procedure with UH details filled in. The "pre-shared key" mentioned in procedures for Mac, iPhone, Android, etc is not necessary to use the SoftEther VPN Client.


Further information can be found in the instructions for SoftEther VPN Client on the SoftEther.org web site.
Follow the steps below to install SoftEther VPN Client on your Windows PC.

Open www.softether.org in a web browser

Click "Download" near the top of the page.
Click "Download SoftEther VPN" under "Primary Download Server"
Under "Select Component", select "SoftEther VPN Client"

Under "Select Platform", select "Windows"

("Select CPU" will appear, but it only has one choice "Intel (x86 and x64)")

Select the most recent, top-most version to download. You may wish to right-click and "save as" depending on what browser and version of Windows you are using.

Click the downloaded file to start the installer.
On the "Welcome to the SoftEther VPN Setup Wizard", click the "Next" button.

In the notification window which asks "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" click "Yes".

In the "Select Software Components to Install" window, select "SoftEther VPN Client". Click the "Next" button.

In the "End User License Agreement" window, click the check box next to accept the terms of the user license agreement. Click the "Next" button to continue.

In the "Important Notices" window, click "Next" to acknowledge that you have read the notices, and to continue.

In the "Directory To Install on" window, leave the default selected, as shown, and click the "Next" button.

In the "Ready to Install" window, click the "Next" button to start the install.

Wait for the install to finish. In the "Setup Finished" Window, make sure that the "Start the SoftEther Client Manager" button is checked, and click the "Finish" button.

When the SoftEther Client Manager program opens, click "Virtual Adapter" to open the menu. From the "Virtual Adapter" menu, click "New Virtual Network Adapter...
In the "Create New virtual Network Adapter" window, type "VPN" in the "Virtual Network Adapter Name:" field. If it won't accept "VPN", try "VPN2", then "VPN3", until the name is accepted. Click the "OK" button to continue.

Wait for the "Creating a new Virtual Network Adapter for Windows" process to complete.

When the new virtual network adapter is complete, you should see your new adapter listed in the bottom pane of the main SoftEther VPN client Manager window. Your MAC address will differ from what is shown in the picture below.

Double-click "Add VPN Connection in the top pane of the SoftEther VPN client Manager window.

In the "New VPN Connection Setting Properties" window, make sure the following settings are entered, as shown in the picture below.
    Setting Name: sevpn

    Host Name: sevpn.its.hawaii.edu

    Virtual Hub Name: VPN

    User Authentication Settings:

        Auth Type: RADIUS or NT Domain Authentication

        User Name: (enter your UH user name here)

        Password: (we recommend that you leave the password field blank)

All items not listed above should remain unchanged. If in doubt, consult the picture below.

All items appearing with the "Advanced Settings" button should remain unchanged. For reference, the picture below shows the default settings.

If the "Advanced Settings" window is open, close it by clicking "OK".

Close the "New VPN Connection Settings Properties" window by clicking "OK".

On the main VPN Client Manager window, you should now see a connection named "sevpn".

Double-click "sevpn" in the top pane of the window to start a connection to the SoftEther VPN server. When the login window appears, enter your password in the "Password:" field and click "OK" to proceed with the connection.

(Note: the password field may appear to have been filled in, even though you have not yet entered a password.)

A connection progress window will appear, followed by an IP address assignment window. When your connection is complete, you should see the window pictured below, confirming your IP address. Your IP address will probably differ from what is shown.

For Windows 7, Windows Vista: The first time you connect, you may be presented with the "Set Network Location" dialogue. This is performed by Microsoft Windows, not by SoftEther VPN Client Manager. Click "Public network". This applies the most secure security policies to your new VPN connection.

When the window confirming "The network location is now Public" appears, click the "Close" button to continue.

For Windows 8: You will be asked if you want to access the computers and printers on the new network. Click on "No".

While the VPN is connected, the Client Manager window will show it as "Connected" under "Status".

In order to disconnect from the VPN, you can right-click the connection and choose "Disconnect".

When the VPN not connected, the "sevpn" connection will show "offline" under status.

By default, the SoftEther VPN Client Manager runs when you turn your computer on, and can be controlled by right-clicking the SoftEther icon (4 colored circles in a blue square) in the sytem tray, in the lower left portion of your screen.