Use of new on-campus wireless service encouraged as VPN phaseout nears

To encourage adoption of the latest wireless technologies at Penn State, the University will end the "wireless 1.0" Virtual Private Network (VPN) service on July 1. All users should plan to transition to the University’s latest "wireless 2.0" service for on-campus wireless connectivity.

In contrast to wireless 1.0, the 2.0 service no longer requires use of Penn State’s Wireless VPN service, enabling instant connection to Internet resources and consistent wireless coverage for roaming within and between campus buildings. The 2.0 service also provides an improved level of security, is easy to use, and only requires a one-time download and configuration for users to be up-and-running. The original 1.0 Wireless VPN service will continue to operate simultaneously with the 2.0 Wireless service until it is decommissioned.

To learn more about Penn State’s wireless services, visit

To obtain instructions for downloading and configuring software to connect to wireless 2.0, visit

Penn State’s VPN Anywhere service (which enables users to connect to Penn State from home through a third-party Internet Service Provider and also provides access to University Web sites that are restricted to Penn State IP addresses, such as Library services) will not be affected by the decommissioning of the on-campus wireless VPN service. More information about Penn State’s VPN Anywhere service can be found at

Last Updated April 25, 2012