University of Wisconsin-Superior
Swenson Hall 2100
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
VPN or Virtual Private Networks allow users to access the campus network from campus issued devices such as laptop or notebook computers when they are off campus and have access to the internet. The VPN uses technology to ensure that the data going over the public internet is encrypted and secure.
You can access any campus network resource the same as if you were on campus including access to network drives (i.e. your g: drive), email, and any other network based software that you would have access to if you were connected on campus.
NO! VPN secures data as it is transmitted over the internet. You are still responsible for the security of the data that resides on your device and responsible for the physical security of the device. See the final question in this list for tips for securing your device and your data.
No. Because data you are sending and receiving must be encrypted and decrypted, you will sacrifice some performance. The speed of the connection is also dependent on the speed of your internet connection. The campus network is typically much faster than most hotels, airports or other public networks.
Currently VPN connections are only available to Faculty and Staff with an approved academic or business need.
No. VPN is only available for installation on UW-Superior owned devices.
Yes. The installation and steps for logging on are slightly different than for PC installation but most MAC devices are supported.
Faculty and Staff can submit a request for installation to the technology help desk. The request must include the academic or business reason for the access. Once the request is approved, you will be required to bring the device to the technology help desk in Swenson Hall. Our network technicians will complete the necessary configurations and install the VPN software (Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client). The process for installation can take up to 5 business days depending on current work load.
Polices for using this service are included in the broader Remote Access Policy. All other University policies including Appropriate Use Guidelines must be followed when connecting through VPN. For a complete list of policies, visit our Technology Policies web page.
No. You will be issued separate credentials (user name and password that may be different than those that you use on campus).
The steps depend on the device that you are connecting with but in general:
Note that your user name and password may be different than your campus login credentials.
How you disconnect depends on the device, but in general you launch the "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client" dashboard from the system tray or list of programs and click the DISCONNECT button on the dashboard.
There is no need. The software will give you an error that it "can't find a network" if it detects that you are already connected to the campus network.
Contact the technology help desk by phone at 715-394-8300 or email _help firstname.lastname@example.org .
Return the device to the help desk, the software will need to be reinstalled.
Contact the help desk for instructions for changing passwords.
Here are a few steps to help you secure your VPN connection and your campus devices:
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