How to configure ShrewSoft VPN to connect to Cisco VPN Server


What are the steps to connect to a Cisco VPN server using the ShrewSoft VPN Client?

It's important to note that there are different kinds of Cisco VPN connections:

  1. Cisco VPN with pre-shared key (IPSec)
  2. Cisco AnyConnect (SSL VPN)
  3. Cisco VPN with a .pcf file (IPSec)
  4. Cisco VPN with certificate (IPSec)

I have the detailed answer for 1., pre-shared key. i will be answering that myself.

I need a detailed answer for using ShrewSoft VPN as an alternative to Cisco AnyConnect.

I know the .pcf is easy; you can read about it.

For completeness the certificate version would be good.

Best Answer

1. Cisco VPN with pre-shared key

Assume you have been given connection information for a Cisco VPN server:


Password: *318#($@

User ID:
Password: ianvendor1234

These are the steps to use ShrewSoft VPN to connect to the Cisco VPN server, rather than the Cisco client:

  1. Create a new connection, and under Host name or IP Address enter the Host address (
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  2. On the Authentication tab, select Authentication Method of Mutual PSK + XAuth:
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  3. On the Authentication -> Local Authentication tab select Identification Type of Key Identifier:
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  4. Still on the Authentication -> Local Authentication tab, enter Key ID String of SUPERVENDOR:
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  5. On the Authentication -> Credentials tab, enter your Pre Shared Key of *318#($@:
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  6. Save the newly created connection, and click Connect

  7. When prompted for a username and password, enter your supplied User ID and Password, and click Connect:
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