How to create a VPN connection on MAC

When you're off-campus and not directly connected to the Rhodes network e.g. ADSL Internet from home, you will not be able to connect to certain network applications and services.  In this case you will need to establish a VPN connection from your remote connection.

Rhodes' Virtual Private Network (VPN) server allows staff and students using a PC on the Internet (i.e. not on campus or connected to Rhodes' network directly) to virtually connect to the Rhodes network.  The effect is that the PC becomes connected to the Rhodes network, and thus has full access to resources on the campus network.

Access to the VPN server is automatically granted to all staff at the University, and available to students via a Support Request based on need with an accompanying letter from the HOD.  Below are the configuration instructions for your PC to make use of the VPN on an Apple Mac.

  1. Open System Preferences and click Network
  2. Click the + to create a new service
  3. Interface: VPN
  4. VPN Type: IKEv2
  5. You can rename the VPN connection if you wish, by editing the Service Name
  6. Click Create
  7. In the Server Address field enter: vpn.ru.ac.za
  8. In the Remote ID field, enter: vpn.ru.ac.za
  9. Click Authentication Settings and enter your university username and password
  10. Click OK
  11. Click Advanced
  12. Click the + below the Search domains box and type in ru.ac.za
  13. Click OK
  14. Click Apply to save the settings
  15. Your VPN is now set up. Click Connect every time you want to use it.

To remove the VPN configuration, select the VPN network connection service in the list and click Remove. 

Last Modified: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:10:08 SAST