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 network drives such as the H: drive.


  • 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 Help Desk.

Additional Help:

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