Are you using a VPN on your Mac? If so, you might be experiencing disconnection problems because the process of connecting to a VPN is not very intuitive. You will need to follow a few steps to be able to connect to the VPN server whenever you want. Let’s take a look at how to re-connect to a VPN on MacOS.
Firstly, Ensure Your Mac Is On The Same Wi-Fi Domain As The VPN Server
If you are using the built-in Wi-Fi feature of your Mac, then it is very likely that your Wi-Fi connection is being routed through one of the VPN’s many hops to reach the server. Because your Mac and the VPN server are connected to different networks, your connection might be getting screwed up. To solve this issue, you need to ensure that your Wi-Fi connection is on the same network as the VPN server.
One way to do this is by accessing the VPN server’s website and logging in with your VPN account information. From there, you can see the domains that are connected to the VPN and click on your Mac’s network address to see a detailed list of all the devices (computers, phones, etc.) connected to it. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Networks’ feature in macOS to see a list of your connected networks and click on your Mac’s network address to see a detailed list of all connected devices. Ensure that your Mac’s network address is shown in bold in the list.
Secondly, Open The VPN App
Now that you know your Mac’s network address is on the same network as the VPN server, it’s time to open the VPN app and connect to the VPN server. Once you are connected, you will be able to reconnect to the server at any time by simply reopening the app and following the on-screen instructions. If you need help, you can also read our in-depth guide on how to use VPNs on MacOS.
Next, Configure The VPN Server For Automatic Reconnection
Once you are connected to the VPN server, you will need to configure it so that whenever your Mac reconnects to the internet through Wi-Fi it will also reconnect to the VPN. This way, you will always be protected. To do this, follow the on-screen instructions in the VPN app to bring up the VPN settings screen.
On this screen, you will need to ensure that the ‘Automatic Reconnection’ box is checked. If it is not checked, then every time your Mac connects to the VPN server it will need to be manually configured to reconnect again. To save you the trouble of having to manually check the box every time you reconnect, make sure you check the ‘Automatic Reconnection’ option.
Once you have configured the VPN server for automatic reconnection, whenever you reconnect to the internet through Wi-Fi your Mac will automatically re-connect to the VPN server and re-establish the connection.
Make sure you check the ‘Automatically Connect’ option if you want your Mac to connect to the VPN server whenever it reconnects to the internet through Wi-Fi. This way, you will always be protected and do-not need to worry about any disconnections.
You can also add a description of your VPN server in the ‘Description’ field. A description is useful for other users if they are searching for a VPN that fits their needs. It can also be useful if you need to re-connect to the same VPN server because you forgot the username or password.
Reboot If Needed
Sometimes, the previous steps do not suffice and you need to reboot your Mac to ensure the VPN settings are loaded properly. In this case, you can follow these same steps above, but instead of logging in with your VPN account information you will need to log in with your username and password on the VPN server and then click on the ‘Connect’ button to establish the connection.
Once your Mac has connected, navigate to the VPN app again and click on the button that says ‘Disconnect’ to disconnect from the VPN server. You will then need to reboot your Mac for the VPN settings to take effect.
Ensure You Are Connected To The Correct Wi-Fi Network
Once you have established the VPN server connection, you need to ensure that you are connected to the correct Wi-Fi network. If you are not sure which network you should be connected to, then you can click on the ‘Wi-Fi’ icon in the Menu Bar at the top of your screen to see a list of available Wi-Fi networks. Make sure you are connected to the correct Wi-Fi network and do not use a VPN with public WiFi hotspots because they could be monitored and used for malicious purposes.
Check The VPN Logs
As a last resort, you can also check the VPN’s logs to see if there are any errors or log messages indicating why your connection is not staying established. The VPN app will keep a record of all your activities, including VPN connections, in the ‘Logs’ section of the settings screen. You can also access these logs from within the app and search for errors or warnings that might help you figure out what is wrong with your connection.
Hopefully, this article clarified some of the common problems that people experience when connecting to a VPN on MacOS. Remember: you can always contact the support team at Blue Coat if you are not able to solve the problem yourself by following the instructions above.