How do I configure the OS X integrated IPSec VPN client?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 09:57pm

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When connecting to the Georgia Tech VPN service, it is recommended that you use the AnyConnect client which can be downloaded and installed from HERE.

NOTE: You must use your current Georgia Tech credentials to begin the installation.

OS X 10.6 and above has a built in Cisco IPSEC VPN Client that can be used to connect to the Georgia Tech VPN rather than using the Cisco IPSEC or AnyConnect clients.  See the  step by step instructions below:

1. Open System Preferences and click on "Network". 

System Preferences - Network

2. Click on the "+" sign in the lower left to add a new service. 

3. Select Interface: VPN and then VPN Type: Cisco IPSEC and click "Create"

Select interface

4. You should now be back at the Network Settings screen. 

Network preferences

5. Click on Authentication Settings. Enter "vpn4tech" for the Shared Secret and gatech for the Group Name. Click "OK"

Authentication Settings

6. Back, on the Network Settings page, enter "" as the Server Address, your username for Account Name and then click the Show VPN Status in Menu Bar box. Click "Apply"

 Network Settings

7. Quit Network System Preferences

8. Click the VPN icon in the meno bar. 


9. From the pulldown menu, click "Connect VPN (IPSEC)"

Connect VPN (IPSEC)

10. Enter your password and click "OK"

VPN Connection

11. The Welcome banner should appear. Click "OK"

VPN Connection

12. To disconnect, click on the VPN Icon in the menu bar and click "Disconnect VPN (IPSEC)"