VPN software allows eligible users to access University resources even when they are using a commercial ISP. It accomplishes this by establishing an encrypted tunnel between a home/remote PC and the campus network. All campus-bound traffic is routed through the tunnel with a campus IP address, making that traffic appear to be originating from on-campus.


  • Since wireless networks are notoriously insecure, using VPN can give you another layer of security and protection, particularly when you’re sending sensitive information.
  • Uses an existing Internet connection to establish a direct link to the campus network. This is useful in obtaining access to resources that are only available on campus.


  • UAnet ID
  • Active ZipCard
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • MacOS v10.8 or higher
  • FortiClient VPN


  • FortiClient VPN Setup:
    • First click on "Remote Access"
    • Then "Configure VPN
  • When setting up the VPN Client enter the following information:
    • VPN: SSL-VPN
    • Connection Name: UA VPN
    • Description: UA VPN
    • Remote Gateway: vpn.uakron.edu
    • Customize port: 443 (check the box)
    • Client Certificate: None
    • Authentication: Prompt on login
    • Click Save
  • When logging into this VPN you will be prompted to enter your UANET ID and password.
    If you receive the error "Invalid Server Certificate" then click "Yes."

Available To

  • Faculty & Staff
  • Students

Service Provider

Information Technology Services (ITS)

185 Carroll St



  • If you are using a University of Akron owned computer, FortiClient should already be installed and you do not need to download the client. If it is not, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Additional Help:

  • For a guide setting up FortiClient VPN on Linux, Windows, or MacOS please visit the Support Portal here.