For accessing WMU services from outside of the campus networks, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a necessity. The VPN client provided by the university must be used for this purpose. This post will show how to download and run the VPN software.
The client is available for download on the GoWMU homepage, under the “Software Downloads” panel. The image below shows what that panel will likely look like.
When you click the link for the VPN downloads, the page will reload, and you will have to scroll back down to the “Software Downloads” tab, which will have been expanded, and should appear as it does below.
Download and install the client appropriate to your machine’s operating system and hardware platform. Once you have completed that, launch Network Connect. You will be greeted by a blank page. That is to be expected. In the form field labelled “Sign-In Page,” fill in “vpn.wmich.edu,” as is shown in the image below.
This will bring you to a sign-in page, shown below.
Sign into this page using your BroncoNet ID and password. You may be prompted to approve a Juniper Networks program making changes to your system. Allow it to do what it wants. Finally, when you are connected, you will see a window that displays connection information. It should look something like the image below.
At this point, you are successfully connected to WMU’s Virtual Private Network, and can access network services that are not open to the world.