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Connecting to the UCL VPN with Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad)

This guide explains how to connect to the UCL Virtual Private Network (VPN) which gives access to a variety of UCL services and resources from outside of UCL.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • Students
  • IT Administrators
  • SLMS staff
  • Researchers

Before you start...

Important notice

When connected to the UCL VPN service, ALL your traffic will be sent through the UCL network, regardless of whether the destination is a UCL address or an address on the Internet.

Instructions

  1. Go to the App Store

    iOS App Store icon

    Fig.1 – App Store icon
  2. Search for "Cisco AnyConnect" and install by clicking GET or cloud icon

    Cisco AnyConnect app in the App Store

    Fig.2 – Cisco AnyConnect in App Store
  3. Open Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS app icon

    Fig.3 – Cisco AnyConnect app icon
  4. Choose your "AnyConnect" Would Like to Send You Notifications preference

    AnyConnect notifications pop-up

    Fig.4 – "AnyConnect" Would Like to Send You Notifications
  5. Click Connections from the menu then Add VPN Connection...

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS add VPN connection

    Fig.5 – Add VPN Connection...
  6. At the Add VPN Connection window, enter the details as below:

    Description: You can call this what you like (we've chosen UCL VPN for this guide)
    Server Address: vpn.ucl.ac.uk
    Advanced: Click Advanced and go to the next step

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS add VPN connection details

    Fig.6 – Add VPN Connection details
  7. Make sure Network Roaming is disabled (as pictured below)

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS add VPN connection advanced details

    Fig.7 – Add VPN Connection (advanced options)
  8. Go back and click Save
  9. Click Allow at the "AnyConnect" Would Like to Add VPN Configurations notification

    AnyConnect add VPN configurations notification

    Fig.8 – "AnyConnect" Would Like to Add VPN Configurations notification
  10. If prompted, enter your iPad/iPhone passcode to Add VPN Configurations

    AnyConnect enter passcode to add VPN configurations

    Fig.9 – Enter iPad passcode
  11. When the connection is Enabled (a tick will display next to the connection), click the AnyConnect VPN switch

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS connection enabled

    Fig.10 – Connection enabled
  12. At the Authentication window, enter the details as below and click Connect

    Group: RemoteAccess
    Username: your UCL user ID
    Password: your UCL password

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS add VPN connection authentication

    Fig.11 – Enter your username and password
  13. When successfully connected to UCL's VPN, a VPN icon will appear in the top-right corner.

    Cisco AnyConnect iOS connected to VPN

    Fig.12 – AnyConnect connected to VPN
  14. To disconnect from UCL's VPN, click the AnyConnect VPN switch to the off position.

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