Connect Mac to CU VPN
Connect to Cornell's VPN using Cisco AnyConnect software
This article applies to: CU VPN
To use Cornell's Virtual Private Network (VPN) with campus networks and services, you must use Cisco AnyConnect VPN software. See How to Install Cisco VPN Software for instructions.
Two-Step Login is required for all users to authenticate to the CU VPN and all departmental VPNs. Using Two-Step Login allows you to better protect both your personal information and the university's services and data under your custodianship.
Connect to CU VPN with Two-Step Login
Duo Security provides documentation on how to log in to the Cisco AnyConnect client used with Cornell's VPN service. For more information, see Logging in with Cisco AnyConnect Client.
- In a Finder window, click Applications, then Cisco, and then double-click Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client.
In the AnyConnect window be sure that cuvpn.cuvpn.cornell.edu is selected in the Connect To box, and then click Connect.
In the Cisco AnyConnect window:
- In the Group box, select Two-Step_Login. This is required for all VPNs.
In the User Name box, enter your Cornell NetID or GuestID.
Note: If you are connecting to a departmental VPN, enter your NetID and the name of the departmental group, for example, pqs665@departmental_group_name.
- In the Password box, enter your NetID password.
In the Second Password or DUO Passcode (push/SMS/phone) box, type one of the following options to complete Two-Step Login:
pushto send a login request to your smartphone or another mobile device
phoneto call you on your mobile phone or landline
SMSto receive a new set of sms passcodes. (You'll need to log in again.)
the passcode from a hardware token
NOTE: First-time users will see a Second Password box while returning users will see a DUO Passcode (push/SMS/phone) box.
- Click OK.
If you entered
phone, complete the Two-Step Login process.
You're now connected to the VPN.
If you don't have access to the default device you use for Two-Step Login, you can use an alternate device. In Step 3 above, enter the method you use to complete Two-Step Login followed by a number, for example
phone2. To see the devices you have set up and the numbers to use for each, go to Your Two-Step Login Devices and use the number in the Device Number column.