UC Berkeley Library

VPN for Android - Instructions

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VPN service is available to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Summary instructions

  1. Install the free Cisco AnyConnect app (if one is available for your device)
  2. Configure the app to use the UC Berkeley VPN server.
  3. Run AnyConnect before using article databases, electronic journals, etc.
  4. Always choose the "Library VPN" option.
  5. Disconnect the AnyConnect VPN when your session is finished.

Getting the AnyConnect app

  1. Go to Google Play (formerly called "Android Market").
  2. Search for "anyconnect". You will see several versions of the Cisco Systems AnyConnect app.
  3. Read the descriptions carefully to see whether any of them matches your device. Note that we do not support "rooted" devices.
  4. If there is an app for your device, download and install it.

Configuring the app to use the UC Berkeley VPN server

  1. Run the AnyConnect app, tap on Add VPN Connection, and enter these settings:
        Description:   UCB
        Server Address:   ucbvpn.berkeley.edu
        Certificate:   DISABLED
  2. Tap Done to save these settings.

Using VPN

NOTE: You will need to run AnyConnect and make a VPN connection each time you want to use article databases, electronic journals, or other licensed library resources on your iPad.

  1. Have your CalNet ID and passphrase ready.
  2. In the app, go to the Connection window.
  3. Tap the option for "UCB" (or whatever name you have set for this connection)
  4. If prompted, log in as follows:
        Group:   3-Library_VPN
        Username:   Your CalNet ID
        Password:   Your CalNet passphrase
  5. Once logged in, you should see a screen indicating you are connected.
  6. Run your web browser and proceed with your session.

Disconnecting VPN

NOTE: While the VPN app is running and connected, all your Internet traffic is routed through the UC Berkeley campus network. To reduce the load on the network, disconnect VPN when your session is finished. This should not break your Internet connection.

  1. In the AnyConnect app, tap on the name of your connection (such as "UCB") to terminate the connection.
  2. VPN is now disconnected and you can resume normal Internet use.

    NOTE: If your connection is idle for 30 minutes, VPN may "time out" automatically.

VPN software download and configuration problems are best handled by campus Information Services and Technology (IST):

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