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Connecting with PhyVPN

PhyVPN is an alternative to WiscVPN (see Connecting with WiscVPN) and provides pretty much the same functionality. Like WIscVPN, PhyVPN provides a secure and encrypted communication channel between your home PC or Mac and the Dept. of Physiology network. It also provides a "virtual" campus IP address, so you can connect to campus resources such as the library, and access journal articles from off-campus locations.

Unlike WiscVPN, PhyVPN is not available to everyone, and is intended for use in special cases, such as a backup to WiscVPN, or when WiscVPN cannot be used for any reason. You should use WiscVPN unless there is a specific reason to use PhyVPN.

How to use PhyVPN

The instruction vary depending on whether you are connecting from a PC or Mac, and both are described below. In each case you should contact Ravi to be authorized for PhyVPN access before proceeding with the following.

Connecting from a PC
(If you have a Mac with OS X, scroll down a bit further)

The following example is for a PC with Windows 7. The steps for other versions of Windows should be similar.

(1) On your Win7 PC, click on the Start button (lower-left corner), then open the "Control Panel"

(2) In the "Network and Internet" group, click on "View Network Status and Tasks".

(3) In the next window, click on "Set up a new connection or network" (see Fig W1 below).

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Fig. W1 - Click on "Set up a new connection or network"

(4) In the next window, click on "Connect to a Workplace" to select it, then click on the "Next" button (see Fig W2 below).

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Fig. W2 - Click on "Connect to a Workplace", then on "Next"

(5) In the next window, click on "Use my Internet Conection (VPN)" (see Fig W3 below).

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Fig. W3 - Click on "Use my Internet Connection (VPN)"

(6) In the next window, make the following three changes (see Fig W4 below):

Then click on "Next:

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(7) In the next window, make the following three changes (see Fig W5 below):

Then click on "Create".

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Fig. W5 - Enter Username and Password

(7) After a short pause, you should see a window like the following (see Fig W6 below):
Click on "Close".

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Fig. W6 - PhyVPN profile created

(8) To use PhyVPN, click on the "Start" button, then open "Control Panel"

(9) Click on "Network and Internet:, then on "Connect to a Network" (Fig W7 below)

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Fig. W7 - Click on "Connect to a Network"

(10) This brings up a new window. Click on "PhyVPN" and then on "Connect" to make the connection (Fig W8 below)

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Fig. W8 - Click on PhyVPN, then on "Connect".

(11) If a login window appears, enter the username and password (same as step 7 above), then click on "Connect" (Fig W9 below)

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Fig. W9 - Enter Username ans Password, then click "Connect"

(12) After a few seconds the window should disappear and you should be connected to PhyVPN.

(13) You can verify that you are connected by visiting the website:

(14) If you are connected properly your IP address should appear as where xxx can be any number between 10 and 255.

(15) When done using PhyVPN, you can disconnect by either shutting down your PC, or by clicking on the Network icon in the system tray and clicking on PhyVPN followed by "Disconnect".

(16) To connect subsequent times, repeat steps (8) thru (12) above.

Connecting from a Mac

(the following instructions are for Mac OS X, PhyVPN is not supported for OS 9 or earlier)

(1) In Mac OS X, open the hard drive, then the Applications folder.

Double-click on the "Internet Connect" icon. The application launches with a dialog (see fig. 1 below).

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Fig. 1 - Starting "Internet Connect"

(2) Click on the File menu, then select "New VPN Connection". (see Fig. 2 below).

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Fig. 2 - Click "File", then "New VPN Conection"

(3) In the next dialog, select PPTP, then click "Continue". (see Fig. 3 below).

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Fig. 3 - Select PPTP

(4) In the next dialog, select "Edit Configuration" from the drop-down menu next to "Configuration", then enter the information shown in Fig. 4 below. For account name and password, enter the username and password you were issued when authorized to use PhyVPN. (Note: This is normally _not_ your NetID, but your Physiology username).

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Fig. 4 - Enter Connection parameters.

Click on the OK button.

(5) The above steps need to be done only once. From now on, to use PhyVPN, do the following:

(a) Make sure your off-campus Mac is connected to a network (DSL/cable-modem/dial-up etc.)

(b) Next, click on the "Connect" button in the menu bar and select "PhyVPN"

(c) If you entered the initial parameters correctly, you should now be connected to PhyVPN without having to re-enter them.

(d) You can confirm that PhyVPN is functioning by visiting the web site: If the VPN connection is working, you should see a display similar to Fig. 5 (below). The thing to note is that your IP now appears to be on the 128.104.x.x network, which is an on-campus IP range.

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Fig. 5 - An on-campus IP address.

As long as you are connected via PhyVPN, your Mac will appear to be on-campus for network purposes, such as access to journal articles, file-sharing etc.

How PhyVPN works

[to be added]

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

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