VPN Access from Android and Chrome OS

All devices connecting to the Physics network this way MUST be running a supported version of Chrome OS or Android and have all application and operating system updates applied.
The terms and conditions specified in the Department of Physics Rules for Computer Use apply.

Instructions for setting up a L2TP over IPSec VPN connection to the Physics network using Android

  1. You will now need the Oxford University shared secret password, to do this you need to go to the Software Registration and Downloads web page and login with your SSO account. Once on this page select VPN client from the list. On the next page that appears select VPN shared credentials. A window containing the information should now pop up on your desktop. Make a note of the IPSec secret as you will need this information later on (it will be referred to as the shared secret) and then close the window using the close window link.
  2. Now open Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > VPN
  3. Tap on the + sign near the top right
  4. Enter a name for the Connection, e.g. "Oxford Physics VPN"
  5. Tap on the down arrow on the right of the "Type" menu item and click on "L2TP/IPSec PSK"
  6. Enter the following settings:
    Server Address: vpn.physics.ox.ac.uk
    (or Server Address:
    L2TP secret: empty
    IPSec identifier: empty
    IPSec pre-shared key: As obtained from register.ox.ac.uk above
    DNS search domains: physics.ox.ac.uk nat.physics.ox.ac.uk
    DNS servers:
    Forwarding routes: empty
    Username: Your Physics username
    Password: Your Physics password
  7. Now tap "Save"
  8. To test connect your system outside the physics network either via the eduroam network or from home and tap Connect

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