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Setting up VPN connection on macOS 10.7 or higher Operating Systems

A native VPN connection can be configured within macOS X (64-bit) to allow for connection to the UniSA VPN server.  With this setup method, no VPN client needs to be installed in order for a connection to be established.

The following steps detail the process of setting up a VPN connection on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) using the native VPN functionality:

  1. Open the Network system preference in your System Preferences utility
  2. Click the plus sign (+) on the lower-left-hand-side pane
    NOTE: This will add a service and you will see a new service window for the service type.
  3. In the Interface dropdown menu, select VPN
    You will be presented with a dialog box to configure the VPN type.
  4. Update the dialog box as follows:
    VPN Type: Select Cisco IP Sec
    Service Name: Type UniSA VPN
  5. Click Create
    You will be prompted to configure the Cisco settings needed to connect to UniSA.
  6. Update the dialog box as follows:
    Server Address: Type
    Account Name: Type <your UniSA username>
  7. Click Authenticate Settings...
    You will be prompted to enter the Shared Secret and Group Name
  8. Update the Machine Authentication dialog box as follows:
    Shared Secret: Type wytebored
    Group Name: Type unisa_ipsec
  9. Click OK

You can now test your connection by clicking the Connect

You may also wish to check (select) the checkbox box that allows the VPN connection to be visible in your menu bar at the top of the Finder Desktop

For other options, please see VPN for Staff or VPN for Students.


The use of all Information Technology (IT) facilities at the University of South Australia, including the UniSA wired and wireless networks, is subject to the University's Acceptable use of Information Technology (IT) facilities policy

Further Assistance

If you require further information or assistance please contact the IT Help Desk on (08) 830 25000 or 1300 558 654.