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Have you ever been counting on your VPN connection to get to that important document only to discover that you've been disconnected?
Have you ever started to download a large file only to discover that your VPN connection got disconnect before finishing?
Then VPN AutoConnect is made for you!
This simple app lives in the menu bar (up there, next to the clock), and checks if your VPN Connection is alive at any time.
• How to it setup?
- Use the built-in VPN Connection in OS X Network Preference to set it up,
- Select the connection you want to keep alive from the VPN AutoConnect drop-down menu,
- Click "Turn On", and you're good to go.
Simple VPN Connector
This does exactly what it says it does and nothing more. I use several different VPN configurations and it lets you choose from a list which one you want to currently use. If you get disconected, it will immediately try to reconnect to the server. If you wake up your computer from sleep (assuming you haven't turned on it's nifty never-sleep function) it will attempt to connect immediately automatically. It's simple, clean, and very easy to use. Highly recommended.
Note that, as far as I know, you need to set up your desired VPN connection(s) in the Network System Preferance panel. Steps on how to do this can easily be found by googling "osx VPN setup help" or something similar. You can have whatever type of connection you want, they'll all show up in a drop down list from the toolbar button.
More or less useless
Unfortunately, this app does not help much if you want to prevent your mac to go online when the VPN is interrupted. For example, if you do a file transfer, and then the internet dies for a moment and the VPN disconnects. Now, VPNautoconnect tries to reconnect. This can take a few seconds or even a few minutes. When this happens, the computer happily goes on line without VPN protection until the VPN kicks in again (and your transfer software will resume transfer...). So, if you want to do something where you do not want anyone to listen in while you do it, this is dangerous. Many packets will be sniffable during the VPN-off time. I regret this purchase.
Too basic, criticisms are valid
It is true--you can't pick from a list of multiple VPN servers if they are L2TP. That is what another reviewer was talking about when s/he complained. Somebody else didn't understand, and said this was not true. But it is.
If you have multiple IPSec servers listed, you they will appear as separate options in this app. But L2TP ones won't. You'll only get one option.
That should be fixed.
Also: there's no way of knowing if you've actually connected. There's no confirmation. When you select Turn On, the icon changes color, but it doesn't mean you've actually connected.
That is an almost unacceptable oversight.