Faculty & Staff

Network from Home

Network from Home

Many resources available through the Washington State University network are only available while you are connected to the network. This means that when you are home, or traveling, you need a way to access the network. In a way, you must appear to be on campus. This is accomplished through the Washington State University VPN Gateway.
  • Click the Start button on the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  • On the Start menu click Control Panel.
  • From the Control Panel click Network and Internet.
  • Click Network and Sharing Center.
  • Under the Change your networking settings click Set up a new connection or network.
  • On the Set Up a Connection or Network screen choose Connect to a workplace and click Next.
  • On the Connect to a Workplace screen choose Use my Internet connection (VPN).
  • On the Connect to a Workplace screen enter the requested information. You can leave the check boxes unchecked.
  • Click Next.
  • You are asked for a user name and password. Enter your WSU user name and password and give the domain.
  • Click Connect.
  • If you are setting up the VPN while you are on campus (on the network already) you may experience problems connecting. Try the connection again when you are home.

SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network)

Information Technology Services now provides a SSL VPN service that allows faculty, staff, students, and sponsored users a quick and easy way to connect securely to the WSU Pullman network from external off-campus unsecured networks. SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) is the next generation of VPN service, available primarily for WSU staff and faculty members. Use of the WSU SSL VPN service requires the installation of the Cisco SSL VPN AnyConnect Essential client. The existing VPN PPTP Service will be phased out over time.

Security Notes

  • Active SSL VPN connections must never be left unattended.
  • Always disconnect an active SSL VPN connection when finished with a session.
  • Connections which remain idle (no interaction) for 30 minutes, will be automatically disconnected. Login again to reconnect.
  • WSU recommends the use of local host firewalls for enhanced security.
  • Computers should have the latest service packs, critical updates, and security patches before connecting to the SSL VPN.
  • Antivirus software must be enabled with up-to-date virus definitions installed.
SSL VPN operates much like traditional VPN, but adds additional connectivity and compatibility, utilizing the advanced encryption technology to protect sensitive information. SSL VPN transmits data through an encrypted tunnel to a VPN concentrator, giving the appearance that the user is on the local network, regardless of the user's actual location Questions? Call 509-335-HELP (4357) CougTech

Information Technology Services, PO Box 641222, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1222, 509-335-4357, Contact Us