Skip to main content

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Network (VPN) establishes a "secure tunnel" for your computer on the Northwestern network. It provides strong encryption, enables authenticated access to the Northwestern network from external and untrusted environments, and proxies your network traffic so it appears to originate from within the Northwestern network. A VPN connection is an extension of the Northwestern network and subject to the University's policies. VPN conections are automatically ended twelve hours after initiation for service and security reasons.

VPN Set-Up

On your Northwestern laptop

  1. Click on the Globe icon in the top right corner of your laptop. Choose Show Panel.

    VPN 1
  2. Fill in the Portal field with as shown below. Enter your NETID and NETID password and click Connect.

    VPN 2
  3. Once connected, the following window will pop up and the globe icon will turn green as shown.

    VPN 3
  4. To disconnect, click the globe icon and select Disconnect.

On your personal laptop

  1. Go to and log in with your QATAR credentials
  2. Download the appropriate client for your operating system.
  3. Double-click on the GlobalProtect.pkg to install the SSL VPN client. Simply click next and accept all the default settings.
  4. When the GlobalProtect menu show in the menu bar, left click on the icon and select 'Show Panel' and follow the same steps listed above for setting up your Northwestern laptop.

On your iOS device (iPhone or iPad)

Set Up:

  1. Settings --> VPN --> Add VPN Configuration
  2. IPSec
  3. Description: NU-Q VPN
    Account: <netid>
    Password: leave blank
    Group Name: NUQ-VPN
    Secret: HopOnline!
  4. Save

Connect to the VPN

After the initial set-up, connect to the VPN:

  1. Go to Settings --> VPN
  2. Tap on NU-Q VPN
  3. Slide VPN slider to On
  4. Enter password

Once you connect, you should see VPN icon on the top left.

Disconnect the VPN

  1. Settings -> VPN
  2. Slide VPN slider to Off.
Back to top