Virtual Private Network (Cisco AnyConnect)

The university’s virtual private network (VPN) is designed to allow individuals to securely "tunnel" into campus over personal and public networks, such as a home Wi-Fi network, and access services as if they were on campus. The VPN, powered by Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, is a quick and easy way to securely connect to the FSU network. Use the FSU VPN to access shared department drives, system administration and application support and other departmental resources not available on the internet.

  • Encrypted connection | establishes secure and encrypted connection to FSU network and on-campus systems
  • Work remotely | access departmental drives and applications from anywhere with an internet connection as if on campus
  • Various access methods | choose from client-based (recommended for 64-bit operating systems) and browser-based (recommended for  32-bit operating systems) connections
  • Easy sign in | use VPN as needed by signing in with your FSUID and password
  • Guest access | available to university-sponsored courtesy appointments and external vendors

Additional Information

By signing into the FSU virtual private network (VPN) service you agree to abide by Florida State University's Information Security Policy. When you sign in to an FSU internet connection, you are leaving a digital footprint that can be traced back to you. It is highly recommended you sign out or disconnect from the FSU VPN service when it is no longer needed.


  1. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (Recommended)
    • Using the AnyConnect client is the easiest way to connect to the FSU VPN network.
    • It is the option that best supports 64-bit operating systems.
    • See the Request this Service section on this page for instructions on how to download this software.
  2. Browser-Based (Clientless SSL) VPN
    • In some instances, this option is better suited for remote desktop/ssh from the web browser.
    • Since the clientless SSL VPN essentially does the browsing for the user and returns the data to his/her browser, the user appears to originate from within campus
    • No software installation needed. Standard web browser is required.
    • Will only allow access to internal FSU sites and systems hosted on-campus. 
    • See the Request this Service section on this page for instructions on how to access this feature.

NOTE - Cisco VPN Client (IPSEC): The traditional Cisco (IPSEC) VPN client is no longer supported or recommended by Cisco. For more information, see the following Cisco announcement: End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco VPN Client



There is no charge for this service.



When reporting a problem please include the following:

  • Profile name of the user and/or department profile name.
  • IP address of the user's computer prior to accessing the VPN
    • ipconfig /all on windows
    • ifconfig -a on Linux
  • Provide the IP address of the user after they signed into the VPN
    • ipconfig /all or ifconfig -a
    • Netstat -nr
  • Provide the user's FSUID and contact information
  • Provide IP address of the FSU resource the user is trying to connect to.

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