Campus iPhone & iPod Touch 2.0 or later VPN Setup
By: Richard Glaser, University of Utah -
Revised: 2011-08-01 Yue Wang
VPNs (virtual private networks) are often used within organizations to allow you to communicate private information securely over a non-private network. You may need to configure VPN, for example, to access your email or library databases on iPhone or iPod touch.
iPhone or iPod touch devices with iPhone 2.0 software or later can connect to VPNs that use the L2TP, PPTP or Cisco IPSec VPN protocols. VPN works over both Wi-Fi and cellular data network connections.
On the University of Utah campus, OIT administrates a VPN server that is available to students, staff or faculty that is configured to support the Cisco IPSec VPN protocol.
For more information on other platforms or device setup, see this
OIT web page
Automatically Configure VPN
To automatically configure the iPhone or iPod Touch to use the campus VPN, download the following file on the iPhone or iPod Touch you would like to configure.
Or download the file and email it to your iPhone and then tap on the attachment to install configuration.
Manually Configure VPN
On the iPhone or iPod Touch's home screen tap on the "Settings" icon.
Next, tap the "General" setting.
Next, tap the "Network" setting.
Next, tap on "VPN".
Next, tap on "IPSec".
Then the following screen will display...
Tap on the area to the right of "Description" and enter a name for the VPN configuration, like University of Utah.
Next, enter in the OIT VPN server hostname "vpnaccess.utah.edu" or IP address "188.8.131.52".
Next, tap on "Account" and enter your uNID.
Next, you can skip entering your uNID password. You will be prompted to enter it in later when you activate the VPN connection.
Next, enter the "Group Name"...
Note, there aren't spaces in the group name and case must match.
Next, enter the "Secret".
For security reasons, we cannot publish the shared secret on this web site. You can contact the campus help desk to get this information.
Lastly, tap on the "Save" button to save your VPN configuration.
Connect to VPN
After you have configured the iPhone to use the campus VPN, you will see the following configuration option when you go to the VPN screen. If you have multiple configurations, you want to tap on the configuration you want to use and a checkmark will display by the default configuration.
To activate the VPN connection, on the VPN option slide OFF to ON
Next, you will get prompted to enter in your uNID password.
After you have successfully connected to the VPN, you will see a "Status" option which will give you connection time and other details like server, ip address, etc.