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Use Google Secure Access on a Mac Internet
On September 20, 2005 Google released Google Secure Access, a Windows application that allows users to connect to Google's VPN (Virtual Private Network) to make WiFi connections more secure. While Google did not release a client for Mac OS X, it quickly became apparent that Google's VPN client used PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol), which is natively supported by Mac OS X.

Getting it to work on OS X was the logical step to explore.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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Works - but has some issues
Authored by: mattmon on Sep 23, '05 12:12:02PM

The pptp/ssl connection starts fine and works great, but the timeout period is very short - and the connection is created as such that it cannot be disabled by the user account...



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Works - but has some issues
Authored by: StevenRiggins on Sep 23, '05 12:13:37PM

You can create an Applescript to disconnect:

tell application "Internet Connect" to disconnect



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Works - but has some issues
Authored by: StevenRiggins on Sep 23, '05 12:16:08PM

Or better yet:

tell application "Internet Connect" to disconnect configuration "VPN (PPTP)"



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Works - but has some issues
Authored by: raider on Sep 23, '05 12:16:15PM

What do you mean cannot be disabled by the user account? It worked fine for me. I was able to connect and disconnect. I don't have any other odd VPN settings hanging around. Worked great.

I am not sure about the timeout, as I didn't play long enough.....



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Use Google Secure Access on a Mac
Authored by: whytoi on Sep 23, '05 01:22:29PM

Anyone care to provide a bit more info on this? Google seemed to be restricting some of its informercial pages.
1) Where can one find Google Wifi service? Something more specific than just "San Francisco area".
2) What network setting on OS X do we need to access this service.
3) Can we test this VPN connection while sitting at home on a broadband connection (behind a router)?
Thanks.



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Re: Use Google Secure Access on a Mac
Authored by: toor on Sep 27, '05 08:55:52PM

A bit more info. on the Network setup would be helpful.

When I run the script I get a "server not found" type of error, and if I copy/paste the info out of the file into Internet Connect, I get authentication errors.

I did finally get it to work using this discussion:

http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=44944

Got the details off the Google page and pasted them into IC, and it connected fine. However, I'm not sure now if my network requests are then going through the VPN, or via my regular connection. Any way to tell?



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Connection hangs
Authored by: dkulp on Sep 23, '05 09:54:26PM
Anyone else notice that connections hang on certain websites? For example, http://today.reuters.com/News/default.aspx never fully loads.

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not working here
Authored by: huzzam on Sep 24, '05 03:04:02AM

I tried running the script & got a fairly non-descriptive error (something like "error in network settings"). I tried getting a key using the curl command in the script, and plugging the info from there into the VPN tab in Internet Connect, and i get this error: "The connection was terminated by the communication device. Please verify your settings and try again." Any ideas?

thanks
peter



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not working here
Authored by: johnnysokko on Oct 05, '05 04:05:49PM

I'm afraid this script really no longer works well. Nor does GSA all that well. Many reasons. First it's not all the secure, but a good first step. It uses PPoE. Hackable.

Second, while the script worked fine at first, I had to run Applejack to get it to work again. It did. Then it quit and the script won't work at all anymore, even though I can ocassonally (though rarely) pull up a free account via the http address.

I figured running Applejack and Mainmenu would fix the script, or get it to function at least, but I've had zero luck for at least a day and I've given up. Nice start, not a completely perfect script or I'm afraid, Google application (it is in Beta).

For those attempting to get it to work, best of luck. It may start to work well, but in the end it wil die out. Perhaps Google has a way of identifying your useage via IP and limiting or blocking its free access. This could be quite possible.



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