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VPN, Cisco AnyConnect, Installing VPN on other operating systems
How to create a custom VPN configuration if your device or operating system doesn't have Cisco AnyConnect client software.
Travelers: If you have another Cisco VPN software client installed on your computer already, you may be able to connect to the University VPN server using a guest account and that software.
Campus community members can share their knowledge about their devices at Community-developed VPN configurations. (external link) (Log in with your NetID and AD password to read and contribute.)
Cisco does not provide AnyConnect client software for every operating system. Their current list of supported operating systems is found in their Release Notes for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Release 3.1 (external link).
However, you may be able to configure other Cisco VPN software or your system's native VPN software to connect to the VPN server.
To construct your own VPN connection method, you should configure your VPN client as follows:
- VPN server: vpn.cites.illinois.edu
- Username: Your NetID
(or, if you're a guest, your guest ID)
- Password: Your Active Directory password
(or, if you're a guest, your guest password)
- Group: SplitTunnel
(Note: This is the most common choice, but you may want the Tunnel All profile for Library access. See About VPN Profiles for information about the alternatives.)
For better protection of your account and University resources, you cannot save your password in the AnyConnect client. To save passwords, OPIA recommends securely storing your passwords using a password manager (external link) and copy/pasting it into the password field.
If you need additional help, please contact the Tech Services Help Desk. The Help Desk will make a best effort to assist you. However, Tech Services cannot guarantee a device's compatibility with the VPN.