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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Connecting to PSU’s virtual private network (VPN) protects personal data that is sent over the Internet when you are off-campus. The VPN is useful if you need to use certain PSU systems from home that require you to be on the campus network (such as Banweb), or if you are accessing sensitive University information. Faculty/staff can also use VPN to create a remote desktop connection and access work computers at home.

Faculty and staff must connect to the VPN using Duo Two-Step Verification. More information on Two-Step Verification can be found on the Two-Step Verification and Connecting to VPN with Two-Step Verification pages.

Installing and Connecting the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Windows

  1. Download and run the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the software.
  3. Run the AnyConnect application.
  4. In the address box, enter “vpn.pdx.edu” and select the Connect button.
    Note: If you are a faculty or staff and would like to have all of your network traffic pass through the VPN (versus just traffic destined for PSU’s network), then you can enter "vpn.pdx.edu/full". This is recommended when connecting from public networks, such as coffee shops or airports.
  5. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select "3-Student"
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select "1-Employee Duo-Default"
  6. Enter your Odin username and password.
  7. To disconnect, open the AnyConnect icon in the System Tray, then select Disconnect.

Mac

  1. Download and run the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to install the software.
  3. Open Applications in Finder, then open the Cisco folder.
  4. Launch Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  5. In the “VPN” area, enter “vpn.pdx.edu” and select the Connect button.
    Note: If you are a faculty or staff and would like to have all of your network traffic pass through the VPN (versus just traffic destined for PSU’s network), then you can enter "vpn.pdx.edu/full". This is recommended when connecting from public networks, such as coffee shops or airports.
  6. A dialogue box will appear. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select "3-Student"
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select "1-Employee Duo-Default"
  7. Enter your Odin username and password.
  8. Select OK.
  9. To disconnect, select the Disconnect button from the VPN area.

iOS

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Select the Search tab.
  3. Type “cisco anyconnect”.
  4. Install the free app “Cisco AnyConnect” by Cisco Systems, Inc.
  5. Open the AnyConnect app.
  6. Select OK when prompted to enable Cisco.
  7. Select “Add VPN Connection...”
  8. Configure the Add VPN Connection screen as follows:
    • Description: PSU
    • Server Address: vpn.pdx.edu
  9. Select the Advanced menu and configure the screen as follows:
    • Network Roaming: ON
    • Certificates: Automatic
    • Connect on Demand: OFF
    • Connect with IPsec: OFF
  10. Navigate back to the Add VPN Connection screen and select the Save button.
  11. Slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to ON.
  12. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select "3-Student"
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select "1-Employee Duo-Default"
  13. Enter your Odin username and password.
  14. Select the Connect button.
  15. To disconnect:
    • Inside the app: From the app’s home screen, slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to OFF, or
    • Outside the app: Go to Settings and slide the VPN switch to OFF.

Further Resources

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