This article explains how to connect your Android device (phone and tablet) to the University VPN.

 

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

Google Android

Native Client

Go to Settings then select More and tap on VPN.

Click Add and enter the following information.

Name: UoP

Type: IPSec Xauth PSK

Server Address: gp.vpn.port.ac.uk

IPsec identifier: uop  (this should be all lower-case)

IPsec preshared key: purple-banana (also all lower-case)

Click on Save.

To use the VPN, select UoP on the VPN page. This page can be reached via Settimg>More>VPN. When on the VPN page enter your University network username and password, tick Save account information and then click Connect.

To disconnect go to Settings.More>VPN, tap UoP (Connect) and then tap Disconnect.

VPNCilla

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

Download the VPNCilla app from the Google Play Store.

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.

In the VPNCilla app set up a new VPN profile by pressing the + button at the top of the screen.

Under Name of the new connection type UoP as shown in Figure1 and tap OK.

VPNCilla new connection 

Figure 1: VPNCilla new connection

Under VPN server Address as shown in Figure 2, tap VPN server address, enter gp.vpn.port.ac.uk, 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

On the screen shown in Figure 2, Tap Group Id enter uop and tap OK.

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

Figure 4: IPSec Group Id 

VPN username

Figure 5: VPN username

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.

If you receive a connection request message tap OK. Enter your university network password and tap CONNECT. A key symbol will then appear in the top bar.

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

To close the VPN connection go tot 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.

 

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