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Connect to the VPN (Mac)

These instructions describe how to use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for MacOS to establish a VPN connection to the Lehigh campus network. If you don't already have Cisco AnyConnect installed, see Install the VPN client (Mac) for instructions.

Using the Lehigh VPN makes your computer appear to be on-campus, directly connected to the campus network and inside the Lehigh-Internet firewall, even though that isn't where you are located physically. There are a number of reasons why you might want to do this; see the VPN Overview for details.

Note that if you are actually on campus, and connected to the campus network via an ethernet cable, you can still establish a VPN connection (which you might want to do to see if the software is correctly installed, for example), but it is completely unnecessary (you don't need to seem to be on campus when you actually are on campus). However, be aware that if you are connected to the campus network via wireless, you cannot establish a VPN connection (it won't work). Do not attempt to test a VPN installation with an active wireless connection.

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Launch the Cisco AnyConnect client. You can do this from the Launchpad, from the Dock (if you anchored the application to the Dock), or from the Application folder in the Finder.

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Enter vpn.lehigh.edu in the Ready to connect field. This information will be remembered for subsequent logins.

Click Connect.

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If you are living outside the United States, traveling, and/or if you intend to use library databases, LTS recommends the “Library Resources” option.

Select LibraryResources from the Group pull-down menu.

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Enter your Lehigh password, then click OK.

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When connected, the Cisco AnyConnect icon (with padlock) appears in the Menu bar.

To disconnect VPN, click the icon and select Disconnect from the pull-down menu.

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For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu