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

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. In your phone's Settings app, tap the More button.


  2. Under Wireless & networks, select VPN.


  3. 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 the next step.

  4. Tap the plus button to configure settings for WiscVPN.


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

    • Name: WiscVPN
    • Type: IPSec Xauth PSK
    • Server address: uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu
    • IPSec identifier: vpnw1sc2002
    • IPSec pre-shared key: vpnw1sc2002
    • Username: NetID
    • Password: NetID Password


    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

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

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


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