Using WMU's Virtual Private Network

Use of a VPN permits secure encrypted connections to Western Michigan University's network. Users who connect remotely to University systems that contain confidential/restricted data are required by University policy to use the campus VPN to maintain security of  University data. To access the WMU VPN, click the appropriate link below. If you wish to bookmark the link, right-mouse-click the link as shown below and then select your browser option to add it to your bookmarks. If you save the bookmark after you have clicked the link and gone to the site, it will store an invalid link.

Note: System administrators setting up computers for non-privileged users to be able to use the WMU VPN portal should login to GoWMU and download the VPN installer from the VPN channel.

To use the VPN

VPN Clients for macOS and Windows can be found in the Software Downloads on GoWMU. 

Windows

  1. Download and install Network Connect for Windows. Most computers will use the 64-bit version.
  2. Click the Start button and open Network Connect.
  3. Once the application is open, enter the address of the VPN (e.g. vpn.wmich.edu/2fa) you would like to use in the Sign-In Page field and click Go.
  4. Sign in with your Bronco NetID and password.
  5. You may be prompted to allow software from vpn.wmich.edu to run on your computer. Click Always or Yes.
  6. You are now connected to the VPN.

macOS

  1. Download and install Junos Pulse installer for Macintosh.
  2. Click the Pulse Secure icon in the Menu Bar (near the clock) after installation. Select Open Pulse Secure from the menu. 
  3. Click the + button to add a new VPN. Enter the information below and click Add.
    Type:Policy Secure (UAC) or Connect Secure (VPN)
    Name: Use any name you would like.
    Server URL: Enter the address of the VPN (e.g. vpn.wmich.edu/2fa) you would like to use.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. Enter your Bronco NetID in the User Name field and your password in the Password field. Click the Connect button.
  6. You are now connected to the VPN.

Configuration and other notes

External WMU network VPN and local WMU wireless VPN connection settings

  • Maximum idle time: 60 minutes (requires authentication to reset time)
  • Maximum session time: 8 hours (requires authentication to reset time)

SIS VPN

  • Maximum idle time: 15 minutes (requires authentication to reset time)
  • Maximum session time: 4 hours (requires authentication to reset time)

Pop-ups

  • Must be enabled for vpn.wmich.edu and internal.vpn.wmich.edu

No Network Connection selection received

  • If you do not receive it after you have logged in, you may have gone to vpn.wmich.edu rather than internal.vpn.wmich.edu or you may be trying to sign in from a wired connection using a 141.218.x.x. IP address.

Traveling Abroad

  • We recommend using the VPN to access Western Michigan University resources while traveling abroad to minimize the risk of your activities being tracked.

Creating your own VPN bookmarks

  1. After logging in to the VPN, click the "+" sign in the upper right corner of the Web Bookmarks area.
  2. Fill in the Add Web Bookmark form and click Add Bookmark.
  3. Your new bookmark will be displayed whenever you log in to the VPN.

Editing your VPN bookmarks

  1. To edit a bookmark, scroll down to that bookmark and click the Item Properties icon.
  2. Fill out the Edit Web Bookmarks form and click Save Changes when you are finished.

Deleting your VPN bookmarks

  1. To delete a bookmark, scroll down to that bookmark and click the trashcan icon.

VPN set up on iOS mobile devices

  1. Visit the App store on your iOS mobile device.
  2. Search for and install Pulse Secure.
  3. Open the application.
  4. Create a profile for using the VPN from off campus.
  • Tap the right facing arrow to add a new configuration
  • Name: WMU off campus
  • URL: https://vpn.wmich.edu
  • Save
  • Create a profile for using the VPN on campus.
  • Select appropriate profile based on location by tapping the right facing arrow.
  • Tap Connect
  • VPN SET UP ON Android MOBILE DEVICES

    1. Visit the Play store on your Android mobile device.
    2. Search for and install Pulse Secure.
    3. Open the application.
    4. Create a profile for using the VPN from off campus.
    • Tap the right facing arrow to add a new configuration
    • Name: WMU off campus
    • URL: https://vpn.wmich.edu
    • Save
  • Create a profile for using the VPN on campus.
  • Select appropriate profile based on location by tapping the right facing arrow.
  • Tap Connect