Set up the SLU VPN on your devices

What is SLU VPN?

SLU VPN is a service that connects your computer to SLU's domain, giving you access to any resources you could use on campus. It is required to connect to certain resources off campus, such as Network Drives or the Remote Desktop.

In order to connect to the VPN, you must set up the Microsoft Authenticator App.

Instructions to set up the SLU VPN

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Windows 10

How to set up the SLU VPN:

  1. Using the Start search bar on the bottom left, type Control Panel and open the Control Panel
  2. Click Network and Internet
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center
  4. Click Set up a new connection or network
  5. Click Connect to a workplace
  6. Click Use my Internet connection (VPN)
    1. For Internet Address, type:
    2. For Destination Name, type: SLU VPN
  7. Click Create

If VPN configuration is unsuccessful, please make sure to change VPN Type to SSTP *

How to connect to the SLU VPN after setup:

  1. Click on the Wireless icon on the bottom right of the screen
  2. Above the available connections the VPN should appear
  3. If it is not located there, select Network Settings. Once in Network Settings select the VPN tab on the left to view your VPNs.
  4. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and approve the notification.
Windows 11

How to set up the SLU VPN:

  1. Click the Start button. 
  2. Click Settings
  3. In the left sidebar, click Network & internet
  4. Click VPN
  5. Click Add VPN
  6. For VPN Provider, click "Windows (built-in)".
  7. For Connection name, enter "SLU VPN".
  8. For Server name or address, enter "".
  9. VPN type can be left as Automatic, Type of sign-in info can be left as User name and password. 
  10. For User name, enter your SLU username.
  11. For Password, enter your SLU password.
  12. Click Save.

How to connect to the SLU VPN after setup:

  1. Click the Internet button on the bottom right corner of the screen. 
  2. Click the shield icon above SLU VPN. 
  3. Click SLU VPN
  4. Click Connect.
  5. If a message about trusting a certificate pops up, click Connect.
  6. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and approve the notification.

How to set up the SLU VPN:

  1. Open the Apple menu
  2. Click System Preferences
  3. Click Network
  4. * If you have the old VPN server configured, select it on the left and delete it with the -  (minus) button *
  5. Click + to add a new network connection
  6. In the drop down menu, select VPN
    1. For VPN Type, select L2TP over IPSec
    2. For Service Name, type SLU VPN
    3. Click Create
    4. Server address:
    5. Account name: your SLU username
  7. Click Authentication Settings
  8. For User Authentication, select Password and enter your network password
  9. For Shared Secret, enter stlawu
  10. Click OK
  11. Select Show VPN status in menu bar
  12. Click Apply
  13. Click Advanced
  14. Under the Options tab, select Send all traffic over VPN connection
  15. Click Ok
  16. Click Apply

How to connect to the SLU VPN after setup:

Click the new icon in your menu bar and choose Connect SLU VPN. Once connected, you will be able to connect to your network drives, the faculty/staff portal and all library resources as if you were on campus. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and approve the notification.

  1. Click on the Time/Wireless icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen
  2. Click Settings
  3. Under Internet Connection click the + symbol to add a new connection
  4. Select OpenVPN/L2TP
  5. Enter these settings:
    • Server-host
    • Service nameSLU VPN
    • Provider typeL2TP/IPsec + pre-shared key
    • Pre-shared keystlawu
    • Server CA certificateDefault
    • User certificateNone installed
    • User nameYOUR St. Lawrence User name
    • PasswordYOUR St. Lawrence Password
    • OTPleave blank
    • Group nameleave blank
    • Check the check box for Save identity and password
  6. Click Connect
  7. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and approve the notification.
  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap VPN
  4. Tap Add VPN Configuration
  5. Type: L2TP
  6. Description is up to you (e.g. SLU VPN)
  7. Server:
  8. Account: Your St. Lawrence network username
  9. RSA SecuriID: Off
  10. Password: Your St. Lawrence network password
  11. Secret: stlawu
  12. Send All Traffic: On
  13. Proxy: Off

To connect to the VPN after setup, go to your Settings, and tap the On/Off slider next to VPN, then approve the notification on your Microsoft Authenticator App. 

  1. Navigate to the Settings Menu
  2. In the Wireless and Networks section, tap VPN
  3. Tap in the upper-right corner of the screen
  4. Fill in the following information as required
  • NameSLU VPN
  • Type: Select L2TP/IPSec PSK
  • Server
  • L2TP secretLeave this blank
  • IPSec IdentifierLeave this blank
  • IPSe Pre-Shared Keystlawu
  • Enter your St. Lawrence Network user name and password
  • Tap Save

VPN is now configured on your phone.  To connect: follow steps 1-4 and then tap on SLU VPN, and then Connect. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and approve the notification.

Remember that you cannot connect to the VPN while on a St. Lawrence University wireless network.

Linux (Fedora)

To setup the VPN:

  • Open Terminal, and enter the following commands to install the SSTP protocol if it isn't already:
    • sudo dnf install sstp-client
    • sudio dnf install NetworkManager-sstp
    • sudio dnf install NetworkManager-sstp-gnome
    • sudo apt-get update
  • Close Terminal.
  • Click the Network Connection icon, open Network or Wireless Settings.
  • In the Window that appears, click the plus (+) in the VPN section, then click Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)
  • In the next Window, enter the following:
    • Name: SLU VPN
    • Gateway:
    • User name: your SLU username goes here
    • Password: your SLU password goes here
  • Click Add on the top right.

To connect to the VPN:

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