Virtual Private Networking (VPN)

The ​Virtual Private Networking (VPN) service allows you to connect to the NJIT network from off-campus using the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of your choice. This allows you to securely access NJIT network resources from anywhere at anytime. NJIT supports Cisco's AnyConnect VPN, which is compatible with a wide variety of devices.

Installing Cisco AnyConnect

All NJIT students, facutly, and staff can access and use Cisco AnyConnect using their UCID.

Download the appropriate version for your device:

Once downloaded, double-click the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install Cisco AnyConnect on your device.

Android and iOS users can install Cisco AnyConnect on the App Store.

Using Cisco AnyConnect

Once installed, follow these instructions to connect.

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect app
  2. Enter vpn.njit.edu as the address and click Connect
  3. Select the Group
    • Default: only traffic destined for NJIT is sent over the VPN via a "split tunnel." This allows you to continue using local network resources, such as a printer or streaming device
    • Full Tunnel (Library Journals): all traffic regardless of the destination is sent over the VPN. This will prevent you from using local network resources.
  4. Login using your UCID.

Support and FAQs for Cisco AnyConnect

Please report any problems downloading, installing, or using Cisco AnyConnect to the IST ServiceDesk.

  1. Should I use Cisco AnyConnect VPN all the time?
    No. The VPN is only needed when you are off-campus and need to access certain NJIT network resources, such as IST software downloads, Highlander AFS, Cognos reports, Infosilem, etc.
  2. What is the difference between the Default and Full Tunnel group options?
    • The Default group is a "split tunnel" which only sends traffic destined for NJIT over the VPN. All other traffic is sent through your normal connection.
      • This allows you to continue using local network resources, such as a printer or streaming device.
      • This helps protect your privacy. Using the Default group, your home network traffic will not be limited or monitored in any way by the VPN.
    • The Full Tunnel group sends all of your network traffic through an encrypted connection to the VPN and then from the VPN to its intended destination.
  3. Is there a limit to how many devices can I use Cisco AnyConnect on at the same time?
    Users can have up to 3 devices connected simultaneously.
Last Updated: February 26, 2020