VPN Instructions for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
This page is intended for Extension staff and contains VPN-related instructions for off-campus, Illinois network connectivity.
The VPN software required to connect to the Illinois network from home is called Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (ie Cisco VPN). This is pre-installed on most of our Extension computers.
Check that Cisco VPN is installed
Download and Install Cisco VPN
- Download the package from the Webstore.
- This will require logging in, adding the free product to your cart, and checking out your cart.
- Download the Windows version included in the product page.
- Install the program by double-clicking the downloaded product.
- You may receive the User Account Control prompt asking if you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer. If so, click Yes.
- The Setup Wizard will launch. Click Next.
- The End User License Agreement (EULA) will prompt you to accept the terms. Choose "I accept..." and click Next.
- The installation window will run its course and complete. You may be prompted to reboot your computer.
Starting Cisco VPN
- Run the program from your Windows menu.
- Tip: To add Cisco VPN to your taskbar, right-click the program from the Windows menu, hover over More, and click "Pin to Taskbar."
- The first field for VPN server should read: vpn.illinois.edu
- Click the Connect button.
- Username: your netID
- Password: your password
- Group: 1_SplitTunnel_Default
- This is the most common choice and should be sufficient for Extension accesses. See About VPN Profiles for information about the alternatives.
- The Cisco VPN icon in the icon tray will display a Lock symbol to indicate Connection.
- The icon tray is found via the "upward arrow" near the Time and Date display.
Disconnecting from Cisco VPN
- Click on the icon tray.
- Click the Cisco VPN icon.
- In the window that appears, click the Disconnect button.
- Access with Cisco VPN should last for 24 hours before prompting you again for your password. This may time out earlier if your computer is idle for 3 hours.
- The Shared Drive may appear to have a red X to indicate disconnectedness, especially if your Connection timed out. Reconnecting should enable you to access the Shared Drive despite the appearance of the X.