Two methods can be used to connect to the VPN. The native client or an app downloaded from the Google play store.

Native Client

  1. Go to Settings More VPN.
  2. Click Add and enter the following information.
  3. Name: UoP
  4. Type: IPSec Xauth PSK
  5. Server Address:
  6. IPsec identifier: uop (this should be all lower-case)
  7. IPsec preshared key: purple-banana (also all lower-case)
  8. Click on Save.
  9. To use the VPN, select UoP on the VPN page. This page can be reached via Settings More VPN. When on the VPN page enter your University network username and password, tick Save account information and then click Connect.
  10. To disconnect go to Settings More VPN, tap UoP (Connect) and then tap Disconnect.


It is only necessary to use VPNCilla if the native client does not connect to the VPN.

  1. Download the VPNCilla app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Note: there is a trial (10 day) version and a purchased version. It is suggested the trial version is downloaded first to ensure this works on the device and then upgrade to the paid version once it has proven to work, if you wish to do so. Or you can just delete the trial version then download and install the free version again if that is preferable.

  3. In the VPNCilla app set up a new VPN profile by pressing the button at the top of the screen.
  4. Under Name of the new connection type UoP as shown in Figure 1 and tap OK.
    VPNCilla new connection
    Figure 1: VPNCilla new connection
  5. Under VPN server Address as shown in Figure 2, tap VPN server address, enter, and tap OK as shown in Figure 3. You will now be returned to the screen shown in Figure 2.
    VPN UoP profile window
    Figure 2: VPNCilla UoP profile page
  6. On the screen shown in Figure 2, tap Group Id enter uop and tap OK.
  7. You will again be returned to the screen shown in Figure 2, tap Group Password and enter purple-banana followed by tapping OK, as shown in Figure 4.
    VPN server address
    Figure 3: VPN server address
    IPSec Group Id
  8. Figure 4: IPSec Group Id
    VPN username
    Figure 5: VPN username
  9. Tap Username from the screen shown in Figure 2 and enter your university network username, e.g. bloggsj as shown in Figure 5. Tap OK.
  10. If you receive a connection request message tap OK. Enter your university network password and tap OK.
  11. Press the back button on your phone to go to the screen shown on figure 6. Tap on the grey key icon to establish the VPN connection.

Once the VPN connection has been established the key turns green and the state changes to connected. There is a key symbol in the top bar to alert you that a VPN connection is established.

VPN connected

Figure 6: VPNCilla connected

Disconnect VPNCilla

To close the VPN connection go to the VPNCilla app and tap UoP as shown in Figure 6. The key symbol will disappear from the top bar and you will be disconnected from the VPN.

If after following these instructions you still cannot connect to the University VPN please contact IT support.

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