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WiscVPN (Android/Linux) - Configuring the Native VPN Client

This document provides guidance in configuring WiscVPN for native VPN (IPSEC) clients. WiscVPN can be configured on many Android and Linux devices using the native VPN client

IMPORTANT: Native clients can vary widely between devices. The instructions below do not apply to all Android devices. Certain versions of the Android OS do not support native VPN connections. Additionally, device manufacturers and/or carriers occasionally replace Android's built-in VPN functionality with 3rd-party alternatives. For reference: the steps described in the document were performed using a Google Nexus 7 tablet running Android Jelly Bean (version 4.1).

Note: The DoIT Help Desk provides limited support for VPN connections established through this method.

Configuring The Native Client

  1. Open the Apps Menu. This can be done by tapping the Apps icon in the bottom navigation bar on your device.

  2. Open the settings menu by tapping the Settings icon.


  3. On the Settings menu, tap the More... button. From there, select Wireless & networks.


  4. Under Wireless & networks, select VPN.


  5. If you have not set up a lock screen PIN or password on your device, you will be prompted to do so before configuring a VPN profile. Tap OK and follow the prompts to establish a PIN or password. When you are finished or if you had previously set up a lock screen PIN or password proceed to step 6.


  6. Tap Add VPN profile to configure settings for WiscVPN.


  7. In the window that appears labeled Edit VPN profile, enter the appropriate configuration information for your conditions:

    For all connections prior to June 14, 2017 and static IP connections after June 14:

    • Name: WiscVPN
    • Type: IPSec Xauth PSK
    • Server address:
    • IPSec identifier: type a name for the connection you are using, such as WiscVPN-OnCampus or WiscVPN-OffCampusStatic
    • IPSec pre-shared key: for dynamic IP, enter: vpnw1sc2002    for static IP, enter: 3crf5byh

    For dynamic IP connections after June 14, 2017:

    • Name: WiscVPN
    • Type: IPSec Xauth PSK
    • Server address:
    • IPSec identifier: vpnw1sc2002
    • IPSec pre-shared key: vpnw1sc2002


    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

  8. When you have entered the information above, tap Save to continue.

  9. The VPN screen should now list a connection profile. Tap the profile name to connect. Enter your NetID and password and hit Connect. To save your credentials so you are not prompted to re-enter them each time, check the box labeled Save account information.


  10. The VPN screen should now indicate that you are connected.


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Keywords:wiscvpn installing install client droid android jellybean 4.1 4.0 native jelly bean nexus7 nexus 7 samsung galaxy google tablet phone tab ipsec linux   Doc ID:25422
Owner:Leah S.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2012-08-02 10:00 CSTUpdated:2018-02-19 13:31 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store
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