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OWL for University Members Using VPN

Please note that OWL VPN is a legacy service leftover from the days before eduroam was introduced some 12 years ago.  Its continued support results in a poor user experience on OWL Visitor and as such OWL VPN will not be supported in the next version of the Visitor Network service which is expected in 2020.

This service makes use of the Remote Access accounts and Cisco VPN service that IT Services offers to all University members. Our wireless access points are configured to broadcast the settings of this service, making it very easy to configure. The VPN application provides all the authorization, encryption and accounting that is required for a wireless network.

The following sections explain how to connect to and use this service on a variety of platforms, but there are some prerequisites. Make sure you have the following before continuing:

  • A valid and active IT Services Remote Access account
  • The Cisco VPN Client installed and configured on your system. There are complete instructions for this elsewhere on our pages. It is highly recommended that you test the operation of the Cisco VPN client with a regular wired connection
  • Newer iPhones and iPods Touch have the Cisco VPN client already installed (the configuration instructions show you how to find out if yours does).
  • For Palm, Pocket PC or other PDA devices there is currently no support for the Cisco VPN Client. There are a number of native (built-in) clients and commercial or non-commercial third-party products that support connections to the IT Services VPN Service. See the Configuring other VPN clients to use the IT Services VPN Service page for more information.

Configuration instructions

The current wireless network service requires very little configuration on your client device. The basic settings are as follows:

Option Value
SSID (Network Name) OWL
Static WEP Disabled
WEP Authentication Open (not Shared)
Network Type Infrastructure (not Ad-Hoc)

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 16 August 2019