Connecting to UO VPN


What is UO VPN, how can I use it, and when do I need it?


The UO VPN service allows you to securely connect to the UO campus network from home or any other non-campus Internet service.

Good VPN Etiquette

To avoid overloading the VPN infrastructure, please:

  • Only use VPN when you truly need to. Most applications don't require VPN for off-campus use (see below).
  • Log off VPN when you're done using it.

When to use UO VPN

Use UO VPN when you need to access resources that are limited to campus networks only. Examples include:

  • Certain UO Library resources, such as journal articles and other electronic resources.
  • Banner
  • DuckDocs (Perceptive and OnBase)
  • File shares (network drives) from departmental or campus file servers
  • Administrative access for IT staff to systems and servers (e.g. RDP, SSH)
  • Campus GIS

When not to use UO VPN

You do not need to use UO VPN to access resources that are available from anywhere in the world. Examples include:

  • UO email
  • Canvas
  • ProctorU
  • DuckWeb
  • Office 365
  • OneDrive
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom

Getting Started with UO VPN

Note: Make sure you are on a working Internet connection before getting started.

Installing the VPN client software on your desktop or laptop

Note: If you are using a Chromebook, you will need to follow a different set of instructions for installing the VPN client software. Visit our self-help article for Chromebooks.

  1. Visit the UO VPN site at
  2. Log in with your Duck ID and password
  3. Follow the on-screen installation instructions
For instructions on how to install and connect to VPN software from a mobile device, visit one of the following pages:

Connect to UO VPN

Note: If you are using a Chromebook, you will need to follow a different set of instructions for connecting to VPN client software. Visit our self-help article for Chromebooks.

  1. Open the AnyConnect program
    • Use the Start Menu or Spotlight to search for the program
  2. A small window will appear. Make sure it is set to connect to
  3. After pressing Connect, you are greeted with the log-in window
  4. In the Username field, enter your Duck ID
    • Your Duck ID is the first part of your UO email address before the @ sign
  5. In the Password field, enter the password for your Duck ID
  6. Click the "OK" button


VPN Connection Prompt            VPN Username and Password Prompt

Confirming you are connected to VPN

To confirm you are connected to VPN, you can go to this website hosted by UO Libraries. 

Additional Assistance
If you have additional questions, visit our UO VPN service page and request help.

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