Skip to Knowledge Base content

How do I Set Up a VPN Connection on a Mac?


How do I set up a VPN connection on a Mac?


All faculty, staff and students have the ability to set up a VPN connection off-campus on personal computers and on UNCW-owned Apple computers.

*Please note: You will need to make sure you have Java ( installed before following the steps below.


Method 1

  1. Open a Web browser, and go to (This link will only work if you are off campus.)

    Login screen for VPN Connection
  2. Log on with your UNCW username (without the and password.
  3. Select "Download."
  4. The installed client will have an icon like this:

    Screenshot of the Cisco AnyConnect Client Icon.
  5. Double click the icon to open the application.
  6. A text box like the one shown below will appear:

    Screenshot of the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
  7. Type "" into the text box and click "connect."
  8. You will be asked to log in with your UNCW username and password.
  9. You will now be connected to UNCW's VPN.

Method 2

  1. Open "System Preferences."
  2. Select "Network."

    Screenshot of selections, choose network
  3. Click the " + " button.

    Screenshot of the options, select plus button
  4. Enter the settings below in the window that appears, and select "Create."

    "Interface: VPN" "VPN Type: Cisco IPSec" "Service Name: UNCW VPN"
  5. Enter "" for your address, and your UNCW username and password.

    Picture of text required to enter for server address
  6. Select "Authentication Settings" and type "seahawk" for "shared secret." 
  7. Type "UNCW_VPN" for "group name."

    *Please Note: These are case sensitive.

    Screenshot of the Machine Authentication page
  8. Select the VPN icon in the menu bar and click "connect."  (You will be able to connect and disconnect from VPN with this menu.)

    Screenshot of location to connect or disconnect from VPN

*Please note: If you already have VPN software installed and are receiving a No License error, uninstall the client and follow these instructions.

If you need further assistance, please contact the TAC at 910-962-4357, or submit a service request.

50% helpful - 2 reviews


Article ID: 14131
Mon 6/27/16 3:39 PM
Wed 5/23/18 12:54 PM