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Android's built-in VPN won't work for Cisco clients

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by merciadriluca, May 31, 2010.

  1. merciadriluca

    merciadriluca Member
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    I am using vpnc on my computer to connect ot my university VPN. Once again, the configuration is not straightforward, but, mainly, I use IPSec, I have an ID for the VPN, a gateway URL, a secret word, IKE Authmode of PSK, IKE DH Group, Xauth username, Xauth password, I need to enable Single DES, and I have two `target networks.'

    The fact is that Android (2.1)'s built-in VPN does not ask me all these info. It keeps asking for a pre-shared key (this is evidently the contrary of the certificate method), but I do not have such a pre-shared key. Connecting (to the VPN) through my computer works perfectly.

    What can I do to make Android compatible with the VPN?


  2. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Android Expert

    Read this:
    Issue 3902 - android - Feature Request: "pure" ipsec vpn client (cisco-compatible) - Project Hosting on Google Code

    It is a BIG issue for many people and can hinder Android's adoption into the corporate world.

    We don't have Cisco group authentication. Some say you can root your phone and install openVPN. But as of now, Android doesn't have it. It may be a licensing/cost issue.
    The only reason why the iPhone/iPad has this because Apple negotiated terms w/ Cisco in 2007 to use it during their trademark dispute.

    Unless Google, HTC, Motorola step up and pay for the license, you won't see it.
  3. merciadriluca

    merciadriluca Member
    Thread Starter


    I hope they'll do it. But, basically, is there no way to counterpass IKE DH Group by setting it differently, assuming it only belongs to Cisco's properties? Also, is `Single DES' a property of Cisco, or is it a setting that other VPN concentrators (than Cisco) can also use?

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