-- MikeGore - 2017-03-29

CISCO AnyConnect VPN client at the University of Waterloo

Note: For Linux users you can also use OpenConnect - see OpenConnect


  • https://vpn.uwaterloo.ca
    • Open the link on page: VPN secure login page.
    • Supply WatIAM userid and password
    • In the left margin click on AnyConnect
    • In the middle margin click on Start AnyConnect
    • In the new AnyConnect Secure Mobilty Cilent window click Download (if you can) otherwise wait for it to prompt you
    • Proceed to the OS specific notes below

Linux Notes:

First install these packages: lib32ncurses5 network-manager-openconnect To do this open a terminal and enter the following commands
    1. ) sudo bash (supply your login password when prompted)
    2. ) apt-get install lib32ncurses5 network-manager-openconnect Browse to the downloaded file: it is called vpnsetup.sh
    3. ) bash vpnsetup.sh (this installs it - you should not see any errors)

Mac OS X

Run the installer you just downloaded


Run the installer you just downloaded

Post installation

  • In either Windows, Linux or Mac search for Cisco Anyconnect
  • Run the application:
  • The the vpn server dialog enter: cn-vpn.uwaterloo.ca
    • The system will remember the address when you type it in
  • Enter your WatIAM userid and password to connect.

Using Anyconnect


  • The Cisco Anyconnect icon will appear down by the time or in pop-up applications mention in the same are
    • Use this to a connect and disconnect


  • You can search for Cisco AnyConnect and run it to connect and disconnect - you can pin the application to the Unity tool bar to make this easier to access.


  • The CISCO AnyConnect VPN will appear on the top tool bar - click on the to connect or disconnect

Other notes

  • Only traffic destined to the University will go via this VPN
  • Disconnect when you are not using the VPN any longer during you Internet usage...

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