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SSL VPN Network Connect

Network Connect places your computer on the JMU network with a JMU IP address. While connected, all network traffic is routed through JMU’s network.  Network Connect is a full IPsec client. 

Suggested uses: access to library resources and applications/services that cannot be supported by a web browser session or file access method. All network traffic is sent through this service, so this access method should be used only as needed.

Recommended Computer Operating Systems:  see JMU Recommended software (operating system)

Available to: students, faculty, staff and affiliates

How to Sign In:

For most people, signing into the SSL VPN will only require your e-ID and password and the default Green Realm.  For specialized user populations, a two-factor token issued by IT Security Engineering and the Black realm will be required to sign in.

  1. Open a browser and go to sslvpn.jmu.edu
  2. Click "Yes" if the website provides a Security warning about trusting the site.
  3. Enter your JMU e-ID and password
  4. In the Realm drop down box, either leave the realm Green (the default for the General User population that does not require a token) or select Black (specialized user population requiring a two-factor token from IT Security Engineering)
  5. Click the "Sign In" button
  6. If you receive an Internet Security box from Juniper Networks, click "Allow"
How to Install Network Connect (Windows):
  1. Click the “Start” button to the right of Network Connect to start a session
  2. Network Connect

  3. Select "Yes" and enter your administrator credentials, if your browser prompts to allow popups to install a file
  4. Network Connect

  5. When you are finished using the Network Connect SSL VPN Service, sign out by:
    • Clicking on the up arrow in the System Tray next to your time and date.
    • Right-clicking on the Network Connect symbol Network Connect and choose either Exit or Sign Out. The symbol will go away. 
      Network Connect

    • Closing all web browser windows that you opened using the SSL VPN Service. It is also recommended that you exit the Web browser application itself.

How to Install Network Connect (Mac OS)


  1. Select "Yes" to install:
    Network Connect

  2. Enter username and password (local administrator)

  3. Results box appears:
  4. Network Connect

  5. When you are finished using the Network Connect SSL VPN Service, sign out by:
    • Clicking "Sign Out" in the Network Connect results box (see picture above).
    • Closing all web browser windows that you opened using the SSL VPN Service. It is also recommended that you exit the Web browser application itself.