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About Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The AnyConnect VPN from Cisco allows authorized users to securely connect to the WSU data network from the campus wireless network or from off-campus using various commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (e.g., MSN, AOL, Roadrunner, SBC, etc.). Using AnyConnect, wireless and remote users are connected to the university's internal network as if they were directly connected to the campus network. This allows WSU wireless and remote users to access servers and other devices restricted to WSU network users and isolated from the outside. In addition, a VPN connection allows the user to access all network files (Home H:\ and shared drives K:\).

In general, off-campus users who only connect to WINGS or WINGS Express do not need to use the AnyConnect VPN connection. Users who access their email through WINGS or who utilize IMAP to access mail.wright.edu also do not need to use the AnyConnect VPN connection for email.

Please note: Using VPN software from CaTS allows you to access your H:\ drive personal space or K:\drive departmental shared space ONLY. If you are trying to access your office computer, including files and applications stored on that computer, note that the VPN software does not support this. Also, other software programs that connect remotely to your computer are not supported by CaTS, and we cannot assist in creating or maintaining those connections.
 

Available To

Students, Faculty, Staff
 

Getting Started—Download and Install VPN on Your PC, Macintosh, or Mobile Device

Learn how to download, install, and use the AnyConnect VPN software for your PC or Macintosh computer. To download the AnyConnect VPN client on your PC or Mac, you will be required to read and accept our VPN usage license agreement.

If you've got an iOS or Android smartphone, you can use the Cisco AnyConnect Mobile App to access the university's VPN connection.

Use VPN Software on Your PC or Macintosh

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Please read the VPN Policy. If you agree to the terms and conditions, click the I Have Read button. You will be required to enter your campus username and password to continue.

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Once you have agreed to the policy and entered your login information, you will be taken to a page with the AnyConnect VPN client download link and installation instructions.

Please contact the Help Desk at 937-775-4827 with any questions about VPN, or for assistance installing the VPN client.

Use VPN Software on Your Mobile Device

Cisco AnyConnect VPN is now available as a mobile app on iOS and Android operating systems. The following links will take you to the download and setup instructions for your mobile device. Please note: the instructions provided are located on Cisco's website, therefore, they will not have specific Wright State connection information. Please refer to the WSU Connection Information link below to obtain our specific connection information that can be used with Cisco's instructions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc)

To use Cisco AnyConnect on your Apple device, you will need to download it from the App Store

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Open the App Store on the device you want to connect to VPN.

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Search for Cisco AnyConnect. Download the version that says New Cisco AnyConnect.

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WSU Connection Information (PDF)

Android Devices

To use Cisco AnyConnect on your Android, you will need to download it from the Google Play Store

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Open the Google Play Store on the device you want to connect to VPN.

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Search for Cisco AnyConnect. 

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect icon for android devices

WSU Connection Information (PDF)
 

Usage Instructions—Use VPN to Access Your Network Files From Your Home Computer

The following instructions show you how use the VPN connection to access your WSU personal and (if applicable) departmental files after you have downloaded and installed the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.

Instructions for Windows

Access Your Files

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Double click the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client icon on your desktop, or choose Start >> All Programs >> Cisco >> Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client >> Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. The following screen will appear.

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect secure mobility client connect window

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If the "Ready to connect." field is empty, enter wsu-vpn.wright.edu.

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Click the Connect button.

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Enter your campus username and password.

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Click Connect.

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Click the Accept button to accept the WSU VPN usage agreement. The VPN client should now be running in the background of your computer. To verify this, look in the bottom right corner near your clock for the icon highlighted in red below. You may have to display hidden icons in order to see the AnyConnect icon.

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect icon in the system tray

You will now be able to connect to the secure university resources that you have access to. For example, you can access your personal and departmental network files from home.

Disconnect

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To disconnect from the VPN service, right-click the VPN client icon in your system tray and choose VPN Disconnect.

Create a New Shortcut

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Create a new shortcut on your Windows desktop to access your network drives. You can do this by right-clicking on an open area and selecting New >> Shortcut. Creating this shortcut only needs to be done one time; once created the shortcut can be used to access your Home directory (personal files) and, if applicable, your Shared directory (departmental files).

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In the Create Shortcut window, inside the Type the location of the item: field, type one of the following, then click Next.

Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) [\\shared.wright.edu].

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The system will attempt to connect to your network drives. If the connection is successful you will see a prompt to enter your username and password. If you do not see this prompt, or you see an error message, make sure that your AnyConnect VPN client is still connected to the WSU VPN. If you are still unable to connect, contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

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In the box that appears, inside the User name: field, type one of the following:

Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) wright.edu\[your campus "w" username].

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In the Password: field type your campus password, then click OK.

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The system will again attempt to connect to your home drive. If it is successful, you will see a window asking you to name the shortcut or give it a title. If the connection is not successful, make sure you are entering the username and password correctly. If you continue to experience problems, contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

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Type an appropriate title for the shortcut. A good example is "WSU Network Drives." Click Finish.

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Your shortcut will now appear on your Windows desktop. Double click the shortcut to access your network drives. Remember, you must be connected to the WSU VPN for your shortcut to work.

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In the future, you will not need to go through the process again of creating the shortcut as it will remain on your Windows desktop. Once you connect to the WSU VPN, just double-click on the shortcut you made. You will be prompted to enter your password as you did in steps 12 & 13, and your network drives will appear.

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Instructions for Macs

Access Your Files

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Before connecting to the VPN, make sure that your Finder Preferences are set to show connected servers on the desktop. To do this, go to Finder >> Preferences then check the box for Connected servers. This will ensure that your network drive mounts appear on the desktop.

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Double click your Macintosh HD icon, then click on Applications.

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Find the Cisco folder and double click on Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. See the screenshot below.

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect icon on a mac desktop

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On the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client window, enter wsu-vpn.wright.edu in the Connect to: box. See the screenshot below.

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect connect to window

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Click the Select button.

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Enter your campus username and password.

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Click Connect.

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Click the Accept button to accept the WSU VPN usage agreement.

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The VPN client should now be running in the background of your computer. To verify this, look in the top right corner near your clock for the icon highlighted in red below.

screen capture of the cisco anyconnect icon in a mac tray

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From the Finder menu, click Go >> Connect to Server.

screen capture of connect to server in the go menu on a mac

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In the Connect to Server window, in the Server Address field, type one of the following, then click Connect.

screen capture of the connect to server window on a mac

Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) [smb://shared.wright.edu/].

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In the Name: field, type one of the following:

Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) wright.edu\[your campus "w" username].

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Type your campus password into the Password: field, then click Connect.

screen capture of the enter password window on a mac

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Your network drives should now open and show you the folders and documents contained within. It should also now be mounted on your Desktop and on the sidebar of your Folder window.

combined screen captures showing the network drive folder on the desktop and folder window of a mac

Create an Alias

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If you would like to create an alias for your network drive, hold down the Control key and click the drive mount on your desktop, then select Make Alias.

screen capture of the option to make an alias on a mac

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You will now see an alias appear on your desktop. Give the alias an appropriate title, such as "WSU Network Drives."

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To connect to your network drives in the future, first connect to the WSU VPN referenced in step 2, then double-click on the alias you created. You will be prompted to enter your username and password as you did in steps 12 & 13.

Disconnect

To disconnect from the VPN service, single left-click the VPN client icon in the top right corner and choose Disconnect.
 

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