IT Services

OWL for University members using VPN with Windows 7


1. Introduction

The following instructions apply to using the OWL wireless network on Microsoft Windows 7 machines.

  1. From the Desktop:
    • [Mouse Click] the Networking Icon from the System Tray
    • Next select the OWL wireless network by [Mouse Clicking] it, as shown in the image below:

    Figure 1_OWL_Win7_Select_OWL.png [Screenshot of Win 7 Wireless Network Tool]

  2. Now [Mouse Click] the Connect button that appears below the signal indicator next to the OWL network, as shown below:

    Figure 2_OWL_Win7_Connect.png [Screenshot of Win 7 Wireless Network Connect]

  3. You should now see the message Connecting to OWL... and a grey bar with scrolling green filler as shown in the image below:

    Figure 3_OWL_Win7_Connecting.png [Screenshot of Win 7 Wireless Network Wizard Connecting]

  4. You should now be connected to the OWL Wireless network. However, the initial connection does not provide Internet access without further authentication as shown in the image below (note the "No Internet Access" sub-heading):

    Figure 4_OWL_Win7_Connected.png [Screenshot of Win 7 Wireless Network Wizard Save Options]

If you've been provided with OWL Visitor credentials then please follow the instructions at

Otherwise you will now need to configure a VPN connection to gain access to the Internet:

Regardless of your chosen VPN client users must abide by the user use agreement a copy of which is available at: