VPN, CISCO AnyConnect, Installing Cisco AnyConnect VPN for Mac OS

This page contains links to download and installation instructions for VPN software for Mac OS

University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff can use these directions to set up their Mac OS computers or devices to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

If you have a guest account, Technology Services recommends IllinoisNet Wireless for on-campus use. Contact your host for help downloading and installing the VPN if you need guest access for off-campus use.

Quick Start

Detailed instructions are provided below.

Logging in

When you launch the Cisco AnyConnect client, you'll be prompted to enter the VPN server you wish to connect to.

  • Enter vpn.illinois.edu.
  • Click Connect.
connecting to vpn.illinois.edu

When the connection process begins, you'll be asked for three pieces of information.

  • Group: 1_SplitTunnel_Default
    (Note: This is the most common choice. See About VPN Profiles for information about the alternatives, such as Tunnel All for access to library resources.)
  • 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)

Note: If you want to access Library resources without logging in to the Library Gateway, you should change to the Tunnel All profile.

Enter credentials

When the VPN connects, a new icon will be added to your dock. The icon will show a lock image while the VPN is connected.

Show the dock with the VPN connected.



When you're done using the VPN connection, disconnect it.

  1. Click on the AnyConnect VPN icon in your task bar.
  2. In the window that appears, click Disconnect.

    Click disconnect

Troubleshooting and the Statistics window

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client gathers information that can help you with troubleshooting speed or connectivity issues.  It may be helpful to open the Statistics window while troubleshooting with the Help Desk.

To open the Statistics window:

  1. Click the graph icon toward the lower left corner of the VPN window.
  2. Choose among the tabs as directed to help your Help Desk consultant with troubleshooting.


More help

For more help, contact the Help Desk during the Help Desk's hours of operation.

Keywords:Mac, OS X, Cisco, AnyConnect, VPN, remote, Big sur   Doc ID:47629
Owner:Debbie F.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-02-26 09:20 CSTUpdated:2021-10-27 14:56 CST
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