Wireless VPN service extended to July 2012

April 28, 2011

To encourage greater adoption of the latest wireless technologies at Penn State, the University will end the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for Penn State Wireless 1.0 as of July 1, 2012, one year later than originally announced.

As an alternative to the Wireless VPN, the latest generation wireless service (known as Penn State Wireless 2.0) currently is available and provides an improved level of security and performance for laptop and desktop users.

In contrast to Penn State's original wireless service, Wireless 2.0 no longer requires use of the University's Wireless VPN service, therefore enabling instant connection to Internet resources, as well as consistent roaming coverage within and between 2.0-enabled campus buildings. In addition to improved webpage response time and decreased "timeout" issues, the 2.0 service is easy to use and only requires a one-time download and configuration for new wireless users.

The original 1.0 Wireless VPN service will continue to operate simultaneously with the 2.0 Wireless service until it is decommissioned on July 1, 2012. More information about Penn State's wireless services, including instructions for getting connected to Wireless 2.0, is available at http://wireless.psu.edu online.

Please note: the Penn State Anywhere VPN service, which enables users to connect to Penn State from home through cable modem or DSL (providing access to Web sites that are restricted to Penn State IP addresses, such as Library services) will not be affected by the decommissioning of the Wireless VPN service described above. Additional information on Penn State's Anywhere VPN service can be found at http://ait.its.psu.edu/services/computing-infrastructure/networking/vpn online.. For related questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@psu.edu.

Last Updated April 28, 2011