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OWL for University members using VPN with Windows 8

1. Introduction

The following instructions apply to using the OWL wireless network on Microsoft Windows 8 machines.

  1. From the Desktop:
    • If using a mouse: [Point the Mouse] to the Upper or Lower Right Corner of the Metro Screen
    • If using a touchscreen: [Swipe] from the Right Hand Side of the Metro Screen

    to reveal the Windows 8 Metro menu as shown in the image below:

  2. Next [Click] or [Tap] the Settings button as indicated in the image below:
  3. Then [Click] or [Tap] the Network button that appears at the bottom of the [Settings] as shown below:
  4. You will now see a list a nearby wireless networks, [Click] or [Tap] the OWL wireless network as shown below:
  5. The [OWL] wireless network icon will expand.
    • If you'd rather choose when to connect to OWL then [Tick] Connect automatically.
    • If you'd prefer not to save the network to your computer [Un-tick] Connect automatically. This would mean that you would have to repeat the procedure detailed in this guide each time you connect to the OWL network.

    Once you've selected your preferred option click the Connect button as shown below:

  6. You will now briefly see the following screen indicating Windows is connecting to the OWL wireless network:
  7. Once connected to the OWL Wireless Network Windows 8 attempts to load your homepage and will fail, being redirected to the OWL Visitor Network Login Page. This is because you are connected to OWL and you now need to authenticate to gain Internet access, as detailed in the next step of this article.

If you've been provided with OWL Visitor credentials then please follow the instructions at

Otherwise you will now need to configure a VPN connection to gain access to the Internet:

Regardless of your chosen VPN client users must abide by the user use agreement a copy of which is available at:


Written by IT Services. Latest revision 5 September 2014