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Connect to CU VPN with a Mobile Device

Connect to Cornell's VPN using Cisco AnyConnect software.

This article applies to: CU VPN


  • Apple: The AnyConnect mobile client is available for free from the Apple App Store.
  • Android: The AnyConnect mobile client is available for free from the Google Play Store.

Install and Configure

  1. Install the AnyConnect client app.
  2. Open the AnyConnect app.
  3. If you see a message asking if you want to enable the software, click OK.
  4. If this is the first time you're using the app, click Add VPN Connection and enter the following:
    • Description: Cu-vpn
    • Server address: cuvpn.cuvpn.cornell.edu
    • Network roaming: On
    • User Certificates: Off
  5. Click Save.
    You'll see the Home screen again.
  6. In the Choose a Connection box, make sure the Cu-vpn profile is selected.

Your cu-vpn profile is now installed. Next, connect to CU VPN.

Connect to CU VPN

By July 15, 2021, Two-Step Login will be required for all users to authenticate to the CU VPN and all departmental VPNS. If you haven't already, we recommend proactively using Two-Step Login with the CU VPN as soon as possible. Using Two-Step Login allows you to better protect both your personal information and the university's services and data under your custodianship.
  1. If necessary, open the AnyConnect app.
  2. In the Choose a connection box, verify that Cu-vpn is checked.
  3. Slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to On.
  4. Enter the following:
    • Group: CornellVPN (campus VPN) or Two-Step_Login (departmental VPN with Two-Step Login enabled) 
    • Username: NetID
      To connect to a departmental VPN, enter your NetID followed by the departmental group name, for example ewe2@departmental.group.name.
    • Password: NetID password
    • For departmental VPN or CU VPN, you will be prompted to enter a Second Password/DUO Passcode. Type one of the following options, depending on how you will complete the Two-Step Login authentication:

    • Click Connect.
      If necessary, complete the Two-Step Login authentication.

CU VPN will disconnect when the device goes to sleep.

Disconnect

  1. If necessary, open the AnyConnect app.
  2. In the Choose a connection box, verify that Cu-vpn is checked.
  3. Slide the AnyConnect VPN switch to Off.

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