Getting Started with UO VPN


The University of Oregon's virtual private network (UO VPN) allows you to securely connect to the UO campus network from home or any other non-campus internet service.

It is available to all university-affiliated people for connecting to campus resources from any off-campus location.

 Do I need VPN? Most UO services don't require it. See when to use VPN and when not to use VPN below.

Installing UO VPN

For a desktop or laptop

  1. Visit the UO VPN site at
  2. Log in with your Duck ID and password
  3. Follow the on-screen installation instructions
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 Installing the VPN software on a Chromebook article.

For a mobile device

  • How to install and connect to UO VPN software on iOS devices
  • How to install and connect to UO VPN software on Android devices

Using UO VPN

Connecting 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 Installing the VPN software on a Chromebook  article.
  1. Open the AnyConnect program
    • Use the Start Menu (Windows) or Spotlight (Mac) to search for the program
  2. A small window will appear. Make sure it is set to connect to
  3. After pressing Connect, you will see the login window
  4. In the Username field, enter your Duck ID
  5. In the Password field, enter your Duck ID password
  6. Click the OK button


VPN Address Prompt            VPN Username and Password Prompt

VPN Connection Confirmation

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

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 (through 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

Additional Information

If you have additional questions or are in need of further assistance, visit our UO VPN service page and select the Request Help button to fill out a service request form.

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