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Force Mac OS X to Automatically Reconnect to VPN  February 21, 2016 – 06:05 pm

Force Mac OS X to Automatically Reconnect to VPNA VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great way to browse the web securely, and OS X has a VPN option built right into it. The problem is that it doesn't always automatically connect when you boot up your computer, or after it disconnects for some reason. A simple Applescript over on Stack Exchange solves this problem.

To enable this function, open up Applescript (Applications > Utilities) and paste in this code (replace "VPN University" with the service name you use):

on idle tell application "System Events" tell current location of network preferences set myConnection to the service "VPN University" if myConnection is not null then if current configuration of myConnection is not connected then connect myConnection end if end if end tell return 120 end tell end idle

Then, save the script as an application with the "Stay Open" box checked. Now, when you're browsing with a VPN, say, at a coffee shop, or just at your own house, OS X will automatically reconnect if the connection drops for some reason. The Applescript should work in both Mountain Lion and Lion. Head over to StackExchange for the full step-by-step instructions.


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