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Self Help - Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is available to the campus community. After establishing a connection to the internet, a user may set up VPN on their home machine to securely connect to the Geneseo network. This connection allows the user to access files on Geneseo machines and to browse the network just as if they were using a computer in any office or lab on campus.

The following list is a sample of Geneseo services and systems that require a VPN connection from off campus:

  • Changing your password (on a Windows computer - Ctrl/Alt/Del method)
  • Banner
  • Files server, including in/out boxes and personal, departmental, and project spaces
  • Library databases (select)
  • Printing to a campus networked printer
  • Software licensed by the campus (ArcGIS, Maple, Mathematica, Mathcad, MATLAB, Minitab, Labview, SPSS/PASW, Spartan, TI-Nspire, Vectorworks)
  • Virtual Lab

While SUNY Geneseo is pleased to be able to provide this service, please realize that it is the policy of the college to not support any home computers. CIT will attempt to provide on this web page suggestions and hints which we have experienced that may assist you when configuring your personal computer to use the VPN service. Thank you for your understanding.

VPN Client Configuration

VPN will not work while connected to the "Geneseo Guest" wireless network.

New Client - Preferred Method - Windows 8/10 Native VPN

Follow these instructions to setup VPN on a Windows 8/10. The Cisco VPN client is no longer required.


  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard (Windows 8) or click on the Magnifying glass icon in your Task Bar (Windows 10).

  2. Type/search for setup a connection
  3. Select Connect to a workplace
  4. Select Use my Internet connection (VPN)
    1. Enter these values:
      1. Internet Address:
      2. Destination Name: Geneseo VPN
      3. Check Remember My Credentials. Leave the other boxes unchecked.
      4. Click Create.
  5. We now need to change some settings for the connection. Get to the Network Connections screen this way:
    1. Press the Windows key on the keyboard (Windows 8) or click on the Magnifying glass icon in your Task Bar (Windows 10), then start typing Network and Sharing Center.
    2. Select it from the list.
    3. Click Change Adapter Settings on the left.

  6. In the new window, you should see Geneseo VPN
  7. Right click and Choose Properties
  8. Click on the Security Tab and change the following settings:
    1. Type of VPN: Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec (L2TP/IPSec)
    2. Click on the circle next to: Allow These Protocols
      1. Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) should be the only thing checked.
  9. Click on the Advanced settings button at the top right.
    1. Click in the circle next to: Use preshared key for authentication
    2. Key: geneseo
  10. Click OK. Then click OK again to close the VPN Properties window. Close any other windows that you have open.

Connecting to VPN

To connect to the Geneseo VPN:

  1. Click your internet connection icon on the right side of your Task Bar (very bottom of your screen).
  2. In the Networks list, click on Geneseo VPN
  3. Enter your credentials as:
    1. Username:your Geneseo username (the first part of your email address before the "    **(DO NOT specify the domain like this:  GENESEO\username)**
    2. Password: your Geneseo (email) password
  4. Click on OK.

New Client - Alternative Method - Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (for Windows 8 and 10)


1.) Go to: in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Safari (does NOT work in Chrome).


2.) Select "Full Routes", enter your Geneseo username / password and click "Login".


3.) Click on "Windows Desktop (link)". This will download the VPN client software to your computer. 


4.) Click on "Run" if using Edge or Internet Explorer or navigate to your downloads folder and run the file downloaded to start the installer.


5.) Follow the installer instructions:

   a.) Select "I accept the terms in the License Agreement" and click "Next".

   b.) Click on "Install" and wait for the installer to finish.

   c.) Click "Finish" and close your browser.


6.) Press the "Windows Start button" (lower left hand corner of the screen) and type "VPN" to search for the app. Then click on "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client".


7.) Enter "" in the box and click "connect".


8.) Choose "FullRoutes", Enter your Geneseo username and password and click "OK".


9.) You should now be connected to VPN.  Simply click on "Disconnect" when your session is over.


10.) **OPTIONAL** - Right click on the app icon on your taskbar and select "Pin this program to taskbar" to allow quick use of the VPN app in the future. 


Other Operating System Instructions:

Mobile Devices (iOS and Android)

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For questions, contact the CIT HelpDesk by calling (585) 245-5588, visiting us in Milne Library, or visiting our online service desk.