Office of Information Technology

Virtual Private Network (VPN)


About VPN

The Virtual Private Network , or VPN, connection is used most when working off campus. This connection will allow you to securely access specific resources that are restricted to the SMU Network. This includes library resources, network storage drives, many applications and all intranet websites.

  • You must have an existing internet connection before connecting to SMU VPN
  • You can use either the VPN portal (browser only) or download the full VPN client
  • Connecting to the SMU VPN allows access from an external ISP to on campus internet and intranet resources (library resources, policies, internal sites etc)
  • VPN connections can be established via

Please note: if you are using the AnyConnect VPN client, you do not need to connect to the Web portal as well. Only establish one connection for best results!

Selecting the Appropriate Client

The web portal, located through any web browser, is ideal for quick or occasional use. The web portal can be accessed by logging into with any web browser. Once you have logged in, simply navigate to the desired website or network storage location within the web browser. Only the traffic within the browser window is routed through the vpn connection.

For more frequent use or to use applications that require an SMU network connection, download the Any Connect client. Once this client is connected, all network traffic from your computer is routed through the SMU network.

How to Connect with the AnyConnect VPN

Initiate an AnyConnect client session to provide client applications on your desktop with network access through your VPN, depending on your company's VPN configuration and your own network access rights. For example, an AnyConnect session might be necessary to access services, such as Sitecore.

To connect using Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client:

  1. Click the Start AnyConnect link. If this link is not present in the AnyConnect window, your account is not configured to use this feature.
  2. If a pop-up window directs you to a website to download Sun Microsystems Java Runtime Environment, you do not have the correct version of the Java Runtime Environment installed on your system. If you see the pop-up, download Sun Java version 1.4 or later.
  3. If a prompt to accept a security certificate appears, determine whether it is from the ASA. If so, accept it.
  4. If an installation or upgrade notification appears, wait for the installation or upgrade to finish.
  5. If a text message appears, click Accept to continue.
  6. An icon appears on the bottom toolbar, indicating the connection is established.