VPN Setup

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Note: VPN sessions are limited to 240 minutes, then the session disconnects. Users can have their computers set to auto-reconnect.

Virtual Private Network is a connection that emulates that you are connected to network you are actually not connected to. This is useful in obtaining network drives such as the H: drive or accessing the Library resources.




Instructions for connecting to the VPN with Vista can be found here: Cisco VPN Client


  1. Go to the Start button and double-click Control Panel
  2. Select Network Connection (if not show click switch to classic view)
  3. On the top left hand corner click Create new network connection
  4. Click the Next button in the new window
  5. Then click the option for Connect to the network at my workplace and click the Next button
  6. Then click the option for Virtual Private Network and click the Next button
  7. Type UAkron VPN for the company name and click the Next button
  8. Then click the option for Do not dial the initial connection and click the Next button
  9. Type the following for the host name and click the Next button
  10. Then choose your option for Create this connection for and click the Next button
  11. Click the box that says Add a shortcut to this connection on the desktop so you can access this easily
  12. Then click the Finish button


  1. Open My Computer then Control Panel then Network and Dial-Up Connections
  2. Open Make New Connection
  3. Click Next
  4. Select Connect to a private network through the Internet
  5. Click Next
  6. Select Do not dial the initial connection
  7. Click Next
  8. Type the following in the box
  9. Click Next
  10. Type in UAnet VPN in the first box
  11. Click on Add a shortcut to my desktop
  12. Click Finish


  1. Click 'Start' then 'Settings' then 'Control Panel.'
  2. Once you are there, open 'Add/Remove’ Programs' then click on the 'Windows Setup' tab.
  3. Double-click on the word 'Communications' in the scroll box (if you uncheck 'Communications' you are going to have some serious problems; so if you do that by accident, click the 'Cancel' button).
  4. Once the 'Communications' window is open, scroll all the way down in the scroll box and click on the box next to 'Virtual Private Networking' only if it is not already check marked.
  5. Click 'OK' then click 'OK' again.
  6. If VPN was not already installed, it will now proceed to install it.
  7. At this point, it may ask for the Windows CDROM; if you don't have it handy, you may try to type in c:\windows\options\cabs or c:\windows\options\install or c:\windows\system when it asks where to look for the files.
  8. If this does not work, then you must get a hold of a Windows CDROM, for your version of Windows, to continue the install.
  9. Open 'My Computer' then 'Dial-Up Networking.'
  10. Open 'Make New Connection'
  11. Type in UAnet VPN in the first box
  12. Click on the arrow under 'Select a device:'
  13. Select 'Microsoft VPN Adapter'.
  14. Click 'Next'
  15. Type in vpn.uakron.edu in the box
  16. Click 'Next'
  17. Click 'Finish'
  18. Right-click on 'UAnet VPN' and then 'Create Shortcut'
  19. Click 'Yes'

All versions

You should now have an icon on the desktop that says 'UAnet VPN' somewhere in the name.

  1. To use VPN, you must first logon to the Internet (doesn't have to be dial-up to UA), and then open the icon on your desktop that has 'UAnet VPN' somewhere in the name. It will ask for your 'User name' (this is your valid UAnet ID. It is also the beginning part of your University of Akron email address) and 'Password' (the password that goes with your UAnet ID).
  2. Click 'Connect' and it should do just that (sometimes it takes almost a minute).

Macintosh OSX

Note: You must have Mac OS 13.3 or later (10.2 does not work)
  1. Open the Internet Connect application which is located within the Utilities folder within the Applications folder
  2. Set up a new PPTP VPN connection as configured in the box below
  3. Make sure that the Internet application or web browser that will be used is not running before connecting to the VPN server
  4. You can connect to the VPN server by selecting Connect under the status menu as demonstrated
  5. Start the Internet application or web browser after connecting to the VPN server
VPN (PPTP) configuration:
  * Configuration: UA VPN
  * Server address:
  * Acount Name: your uanet id
  * Password: your uanet password
  * Check "Show VPN status in menu bar"