For improved security, Davidson's VPN service requires two-factor authentication using Duo. (Learn more about Duo.)
If you are abroad, you should be able to authenticate as usual using Duo. If you do not have access to cellular service, you must choose the Enter a passcode option to authenticate using the Duo Mobile app.
To use VPN, you'll need the Cisco AnyConnect application on your Windows or Mac computer.
- Open Cisco AnyConnect. If this is your first time connecting to Davidson, enter vpn.davidson.edu in the text field.
- Press Connect.
- Choose the appropriate Group for your needs.
04-Tunnel (STRONGLY recommended on public WiFi or an unknown network) encrypts and protects all your traffic. This improves privacy and security, but commercial Internet sites will load more slowly. Use this when traveling, or in public or untrusted locations like coffee shops, airports, and hotels.01-Regular encrypts and protects only communications between you and the Davidson campus. This improves your Internet speed but is less secure, so use this from a trusted network like your home when you only need to securely access on-campus resources.
- Enter your username (without @davidson.edu) in the Username: field, then enter your account password under Password: as shown below.
- In the Second Password: field, you'll enter one of two options for Duo. Note: The first time you connect to vpn.davidson.edu using Duo, you may find it easier to use the passcode method. Future connections work easily well via either push or passcode
Option 1: Type push to use the Duo Mobile app on your phone to approve your login. Confirm the application and location before pressing Approve.
Option 2: Or, type your six-digit passcode passcode generated by your Duo Token or the Duo Mobile app. This option can be useful if you don't have access to cellular data (while abroad, for example).
After the first time you connect to vpn.davidson.edu using Duo, you will see that hostname replaced by VPN and VPNINSIDE. Use VPN from off-campus and VPNINSIDE from on-campus.
If you experience any problems connecting, please close your AnyConnect client and restart the application.