WiscVPN (Mac) - Configuring the Native Client

This document provides WiscVPN configuration instructions specific to Macintosh OS X 10.6 and above. Previous versions of OSX do not support a native connection to WiscVPN and should see the following document: WiscVPN (Mac) - Downloading and Installing the WiscVPN AnyConnect Client.

Note: The native client is not the same thing as the Cisco AnyConnect client. Some main differences include:

  • Native Client
    1. The client is integrated into Mac OS X 10.6 and later, though it is not built into Mac OS X 10.5.
    2. Faster to configure as it does not require installation of another application
  • AnyConnect Client
    1. The Cisco AnyConnect client is the primary supported VPN client for the University
    2. Supported in Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
    3. Requires installation of another software application on your Mac.

Configuring The Native Client

  1. Open the System Preferences. This can be done by either clicking on the System Preferences icon in the Dock or by going to Apple Menu > System Preferences.

  2. Open the network pane by clicking the Network icon.

  3. Click the Create a new service button. It is the plus symbol at the bottom left of the services panel.


  4. In the window that appears, enter or select the following:

    • Interface: VPN
    • VPN Type: Cisco IPSec
    • Service Name: type a name for the connection you are using, such as WiscVPN-OnCampus or WiscVPN-OffCampusStatic


  5. Back on the main screen, enter the following:

    • Server Address: wiscvpn.doit.wisc.edu
    • Account Name: NetID username
    • Password: leave blank

    If you would like quick access to this connection, check the Show VPN status in menu bar


  6. Click the Authentication Settings... button and enter the following in the window that appears:

    • Shared Secret: for dynamic IP, enter: vpnw1sc2002     for static IP, enter: 3crf5byh

    • Group Name (case sensitive): enter in type of connection:

      • Dynamic IP, On Campus network: WiscVPN-OnCampus
      • Static IP, On Campus network: WiscVPN-OnCampusStatic
      • Dynamic IP, Off Campus network: WiscVPN-OffCampus
      • Static IP, Off Campus network: WiscVPN-OffCampusStatic

      For a description of each type of connection, along with what split-tunneling is, see the following doc: WiscVPN - Split Tunneling

      For more information about the difference between dynamic and static IP's as well as how to acquire a static IP, see WiscVPN - Static vs. Dynamic IP Addresses


  7. Click the OK button. The WiscVPN client is now installed. To connect using the native client, see the following document: WiscVPN (Mac) - Connecting with the Native Client.

Keywords:wiscvpn installing install client macinstosh macosx osx os os X x cisco vpn settings native ipsec   Doc ID:12164
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-09-15 19:00 CDTUpdated:2018-06-14 15:08 CDT
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