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VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. Students and Employees can use this software. Only WSU laptops can run this software.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off campus. This software is already installed on all WSU laptops. A VPN connection enables you to access select network resources as if you were on campus connected to our network directly. The data is encrypted to preserve security. This includes:

  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal, class, departmental) Note: See instructions below to Map Network Drives
  • KeyServer applications (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat) These applications will require VPN to run off campus.

Find the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software on Your WSU Laptop

On a PC (Windows 8.1)

  • From the Windows Start Screen
  • Use the Cisco AnyConnect Tile under the Utilities section


  • Choose Connect in the menu below:


  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

On a PC (Windows 7)

Go to your Start Menu, and search for "Cisco" in the search bar. Run Cisco AnyConnect.

On a Mac

  • Go to Applications folder
  • Find the Cisco icon
  • Use your full WSU email address when prompted to login

Fig 1. Typical list of network connections on a MacBook

Map Network Drives

If you want to connect to Personal Network or Department Network drives from off-campus, you will need to VPN and Map Network drives to access them.

  • First Use instructions above to VPN

Windows 8 PC

  • Go to Start Screen and select the Tile Map Network Drive
  • A script window will appear and your drives will be mapped
  • Go to This PC to see the network drives mapped.


  • Mac users connect to one of the network locations listed in the Fig 1.
  • Will find an drive in the Finder window

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