Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network and the resources contained in the network across public networks like the Internet. It enables a host computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were a private network with all the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.   This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two. It allows Wesleyan users to connect to the Wesleyan network from off-campus with a secure connection so the data being accessed is protected. The systems that require use of VPN for access from off-campus are marked within the Portfolio.


Installing VPN for Mac

Mac OS 10.6 or above
Mac OS 10.5 or below

To determine your Mac's OS version, click the "Apple" icon menu and select "About This Mac."


Installing VPN for Windows

The Cisco VPN Client for Windows is available for download at

Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8


iPad & iPhone Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions