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Connecting with WiscVPN

WiscVPN is a free program that you normally install on your home PC or Notebook computer. It allows you to connect more smoothly to campus resources, such as file sharing, remote desktop, eMail, library, etc. even when you are off-campus, or traveling out of town. For a description of how WiscVPN works, see the section titled "How WiscVPN works" at the end of this article.

How to install WiscVPN

(the following instructions are for Windows, for Mac OS X, see

(1) Download the WiscVPN version for your OS and save it to any location on your hard drive. You can download from the Basement FTP Archive:

(if you need the username/password to download, contact Ravi at the email address below). Note that the XP version and the Vista version are different files. Optionally, you can download from:

(2) Install the WiscVPN program by double-clicking on the file you downloaded.
A security warning may pop up, click Run.
A pop-up reminds you to consult with departmental IT support, click OK.
Click "setup" on the next dialog.
The program starts to install, click Next, Yes, Next, Next etc.
The install proceeds for a few minutes (fig 1).

fig 1

and then click on "Finish" to reboot (fig 2). Be sure to save any work that may be open in other windows first.

fig 2

WiscVPN is ready to be used after the reboot.

How to use WiscVPN

(1) To Start WiscVPN, look in Start -> All Programs -> Cisco Systems VPN -> VPN Client (fig 3)
(you may find it convenient to drag the program icon to the desktop with the right mouse-button and make a copy there for the future)

fig 3

The following dialog box is displayed (fig 4)

fig 4

(2) Select the location you are connecting from (we chose Off-campus above) and click on the "Connect" icon in the toolbar.

(3) The Username/Password dialog is displayed (fig 5)

fig 5

This should be your DoIT provided NetID and Password, not the Physiology username/password.
Enter your NetID and Password, and click "OK".

(4) After about 10 seconds, the following dialog signals a successful VPN connection (fig 6)

fig 6

(5) Click on Continue and the dialog goes away, and a small yellow lock in the system tray indicates that you are now connected to VPN (fig 7).

fig 7

(6) You now connected by VPN and the connection will be valid so long as you do not log-out, or shut down the machine. Proceed with normal applications, such as Outlook, file-mapping, web browsing etc.

To disconnect from VPN, either shut down your machine or right-click on the yellow lock in the system tray and select "Disconnect".

How WiscVPN works

[to be added]

If you have questions, or need help with installing or using WiscVPN, please contact Ravi at

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