Virtual Private Network
Visit vpn.usf.edu to use the Virtual Private Network.
- Use your NetID, NOT your email address to login to the VPN.
- Point your web browser to https://vpn.usf.edu.
- You will see prompts to install various components and/or run Java applets. Please select OK or allow on those prompts.
- On the page that appears, select "Start" next to Network Connect This will install, if necessary, and launch the actual VPN client called Network Connect.
- You may get more prompts for installs — this should only occur the first time, or when the software gets upgraded. Please agree to the prompts.
- You may either see a client window open (Mac OS X), or you may get returned back to the entry page in your web browser (Windows). Windows users should see a small lock icon in their system tray indicating a successful connection.
- You can now close your browser window without terminating the connection. Selecting "Sign Out" either from the web page or the Network Connect client will terminate the connection.
Supported Operating Systems and Browsers
Java or ActiveX is required for the installer to work correctly. After logging in for the first time please be patient as the components load.
- XP, Vista and 7, 32- and 64-bit: Internet Explorer and Firefox.
- Macintosh OS X: Safari. Latest patches are required for correct operation.
- Linux (32-bit only): Firefox.
- Note that after the Network Connect component has launched, you can use any browser; the above restrictions only apply to launching the Network Connect client itself.
- If you are using Firefox and the installation doesn't work, try Internet Explorer and vice versa.
- Clear the cache and cookies in your browser and restart your browser.
- Check to see if the client did in fact install despite error messages in the web browser:
- On Windows, open the Start Menu and look for a Juniper Networks folder. If it exists, it should have either a Junos Pulse or Network Connect application. Attempt to start it, and if prompted, enter vpn.usf.edu as the address.
- On MacOS, look for a Junos Pulse or Network Connect application in the Applications folder. Attempt to start it, and if prompted, enter vpn.usf.edu as the address.
- If the client is installed, but not working correctly, try to uninstall the client, reboot, then re-install.