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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.

For students, the VPN protects all data entered on PSU websites. For faculty/staff, the protection extends to any data sent across the Internet. Faculty/staff can also use VPN to create a remote desktop connection and access work computers at home.

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 “Connect to” area, enter “vpn.pdx.edu”.
  5. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select PSU Students
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select PSU Employees - Full Tunnel
  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.
  6. A dialogue box will appear. From the Group menu:
    • Students: Select PSU Students
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select PSU Employees - Full Tunnel
  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 PSU Students
    • Employees/Affiliates: Select PSU Employees - Full Tunnel
  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

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.