What is the WSU VPN?

The Wayne State University Virtual Private Network (VPN) uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol (which provides secure communications on the internet and is found in standard web browsers) to allow access to WSU resources that are blocked by a firewall.


The SSL VPN provides a simple and secure method for accessing WSU resources normally restricted to on-campus use. This includes access to Banner, Cognos ReportNet and Windows file shares, and also relaying email directly through Wayne Connect - Powered by Microsoft (using Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook, for example).


The SSL VPN allows your computer to effectively and securely become part of the WSU network regardless of its location.


How to get started

C&IT recommends accessing the VPN via the Pulse Secure client. Use the appropriate link to download Pulse Secure on your computer.


Pulse Secure


  • The Pulse Secure client is recommended, but the WSU VPN may also be accessed via web browser. Visit vpn.wayne.edu and log in with your AccessID and password. 


  • You may also connect to the WSU VPN with a mobile device. Refer to the C&IT Knowledge Base for instructions to download the Pulse Secure app.

More information

The VPN comes with a full set of online help files. After you sign in, click the Help button on the toolbar.



NOTE: The WSU VPN is limited to WSU employees. An AccessID and password is required.