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Configuring the iOS VPN Client

This document contains brief details of installing and configuring the VPN client for iOS (installed as standard with version 2.0 of the firmware).

1. Requirements

There are a number of requirements necessary in order to use the VPN service on an iPhone or iPod Touch; these are detailed below.

  • Your device must be connected to the internet, either by wireless or 3G
  • Your iOS device must have firmware version 2.0. To check this, go to [Settings > General > About] and look at the Version field.
  • You must have created a Remote Access account via the self registration pages.
  • Members of Oxford University need to download a file containing the configuration information in order to setup their connection as described below.

2. Configuring the VPN Client

  1. Go to Settings > General and select VPN, then select Add VPN Configuration

    Add VPN Configuration

  2.  In the configuration menu, select IPSec and enter the following:

    Description:  IT SERVICES VPN


    Account:  Your SSO username with @OX.AC.UK [e.g. abcd1234@OX.AC.UK]

    Password:  Your "Remote Access" Account Password

    Group Name:  oxford

    Secret: IPSec secret can be found on the configuration information page


  3. Save this configuration. You will be returned to the VPN screen, with your new configuration selected.
  4. You are now connected to IT Services VPN. You should see a small 'VPN' symbol in the menu bar.

    New configuration added

  5. To disconnect, simply go to [Settings > VPN] and move the slider to OFF.
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Written by IT Services. Latest revision 7 August 2020