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This VPN Service is provided by Washington State University to connect to secure resources. Only use this service to conduct WSU Business. Any and all use of this service is logged.

This article has been updated to reflect the latest version of WSU's VPN Service, PaloAlto Global Protect.

If you are attempting to use the CHS VPN, please visit: How to Connect to the CHS Network and Remote Desktop

Many users that have personal laptops or desktops at home want the ability to remotely log into their work computers; PaloAlto Global Protect is a program that allows users to connect their personal computers to the WSU network to then allow them to remotely log into their work computers (see How to Remotely Log-on to a Work Computer for information on remoting in). WSU allows anyone who has completed the VPN self-registration to virtually connect their personal devices to the main campus network while physically being anywhere in the world, provided the user is connected to a reliable internet connection.

If you are using a WSU-Provided Windows computer, please skip to step 4.

  1. Using your preferred web browser, visit https://vpn.wsu.edu and sign in when prompted.
  2. Download and install the appropriate client for your computer.

    Apple takes extra security precautions with VPN Programs such as this. For this reason, you need to take a couple extra steps to tell MacOS to allow this program to function as intended.


    1. Upon installation, you may see the below message, click "Open Security Preferences".
    2. Click "Allow" (circled in red)

    If you did not see the popup in step 4.a., Please follow the below instructions:

    1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner, then click "System Preferences"
    2. Double Click "Security and Privacy" (circled in red below)
    3. Click "Allow" (circled in red)
  3. After Global Protect has been installed, a window should pop up in the bottom-right (or top-right for Apple Users) corner of the screen that looks like this:

  4. Enter "vpn.wsu.edu" into the text box like the picture below, then click "Connect".
  5. Type in your WSU Network ID as shown below and click "Sign In":

  6. The window should close and you should now see a Globe with a Checkmarked Shield in your Taskbar as shown below:


Congratulations! You have connected to the WSU Campus Network. If you would like to continue to use Remote Desktop, please click here.

To disconnect, click on the icon mentioned in Step 7, then click "Disconnect" as highlight below:



If you have any questions or would like additional assistance, please Raise a Request using the ASIS Service Desk.

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