iPhone/iPod Touch & Penn State VPN Wi-Fi
In response to the overwhelming amount of interest in getting Penn State’s VPN/Wi-Fi to work with the new iPhone and iPod Touch Software, I made a separate page for instructions and collaboration. I wanted to make this available even when I post new stories.
Since the release of the first iPhone, and the subsequent release of the iPod Touch, people have been looking for ways to connect these innovative devices to Penn State. With the release of OS 2.0 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, support for Cisco VPN has been introduced. I sent ITS an email asking what the procedure for connecting to Penn State with these two devices was. They responded that they currently didn’t know, but would know for sure in a few weeks. Knowing this, I turned to online forums dedicated to the iPod Touch. A Penn State user posted the following in response to my inquiry:
I’m using it on Penn State’s VPN just fine. Go to Settings > General > Network > VPN > Add VPN Configuration > IPSec tab. Then enter the following details:
Account: <PSU Username>
Password: <PSU Password>
Use Certificate: Off
Group Name: pennstate
Then save it, and on the first page of settings there is now an On/Off toggle for the VPN. Just flip the switch whenever you need to connect to PSU’s wireless.
Another forum poster to my thread admitted that they were having problems, but I see no reason why these settings should not work. If you have had success connecting to Penn State Wi-Fi using the iPhone or iPod Touch, leave details in the comments (especially if the settings I have posted are wrong.
I got an email from ITS this afternoon giving some details about what was going on. The email follows:
Staff in ITS who had also been testing the new software before it’s release last Friday experienced the same thing that you did – it worked, then it stopped working. At this point ITS staff are actively working and testing possible solutions and an announcement will be made as soon as a solution is found.
Thank you for contacting the ITS Help Desk.
So I will keep you all posted. It seems as though a ton of people are intersted in this topic. Keep leaving your comments of experiences. If you find a workaround, please post it for everyone to see!