Platform: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, ChromeOS
Step 1. Do I need a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between your device and Western Michigan University's network. Working on a VPN allows users easy access to the university network and applications and provides them with more online privacy and security. It is highly recommended that users work on a virtual private network while using a public Wi-Fi network commonly offered in local stores. Many university software applications require the use of a VPN when you are not connected to a campus network.
Some of the most common applications that require a VPN are:
- Remote Desktop & Remote Labs
- Banner Admin Pages
- Employee Self-Service/PeopleSoft
- CMS (Content Management System)
- Voicemail Web Inbox and VoIP phone customization
- Departmental file shares
See Application Compatibility for a list of applications that require a VPN.
Step 2. Which VPN do I use?
GoVPN is the recommended VPN client for most users.
- Use when not connected to a WMU network to access restricted applications and technology.
- Compatible with Windows and macOS.
- Not available for mobile devices.
Pulse Secure VPN
Pulse Secure VPN for desktop and mobile is recommended when GoVPN is not compatible with your device or operating system, or there is a requirement to use it to connect to a specific campus technology resource.
- Used when connecting for specific applications when directed by university IT or security staff.
- Recommended when connecting from outside of the United States.
- Compatible with Windows, macOS, Android, iOS/iPadOS devices (iPhone/iPad), and Chromebooks.
When accessing the Pulse Secure VPN (vpn.wmich.edu) via your web browser, your VPN connection is exclusive to the individual browser tab in which it was accessed.
- Best suited for accessing an individual web service that is restricted to on-campus connections, such as Employee Self Service or Kronos.
- Allows bookmarking regularly accessed web services
- Compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge.