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OWL for University Members Using VPN

Please note that OWL VPN is from a legacy service leftover from the days before eduroam was introduced 12 years ago. While it is still available should you wish to use it, your device (e.g. mobile Apple device) may not support it and it is strongly recommended that you use eduroam as a University member. 

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

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 19 March 2020