VPN Connections

If you are not connected by cable to the BMI network, you may need a VPN connection to get access to resources and services within Biostatistics.

Types of VPN connections: Dynamic vs. Static

A Dynamic VPN connections use a dynamic IP address that is selected from a range of available numbers each time a connection is made. The range of numbers is known and recognized as being from campus, so you get the same access as you would get if you were sitting at a machine plugged into the network somewhere on campus (but not on the BMI network).

A Static VPN connection gives you the same IP address each time you use the VPN connection. This allows us to fine-tune your access to resources which allows for greater accessibility and security. You are able to request a Static IP address on your own, however the BCG must request the special access before it can be used.

Typical types of access and the type of connection required

Activity Static VPN Dynamic VPN Comment
Printing Y Y/N Dependent on location
SSH connection Y Y
Connect to your desktop machine Y N

The system adhara.biostat.wisc.edu is a BMI open login server available with any type of VPN connection (including dynamic) via ssh, and acts as an ssh gateway to the internal BMI network.

Getting Started with the VPN

  1. Gaining Access to a VPN Connection

    Request a Static VPN connection here

    Any user in the University of Wisconsin system can use their NetID credentials to access a DynamicVPN connection

  2. Setting up your VPN client


    Global Protect Client (new change Aug 30 2017...) VPN Global Protect Home Tab

    Apple includes VPN client software on all of their systems, both iOS and MacOS. DoIT's instructions: Configuring the Native Client.

    dynamic VPN

    Server Address: uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu
    Account Name: NetID username
    Shared Secret: vpnw1sc2002
    Group Name: vpnw1sc2002
    Connection Name: WiscNativeVPN-Dynamic

    static VPN

    NetID username_1
    Shared Secret: for static IP, enter: 3crf5byh
    Static IP, On Campus network: WiscVPN-OnCampusStatic
    Static IP, Off Campus network: WiscVPN-OffCampusStatic


    Windows requires the Cisco AnyConnect software to establish a VPN connection. Information on how to install, configure, and connect the AnyConnect software, see DoIT's instructions here:

Once you have successfully connected to your StaticVPN, continue here to find more information on remote access from either a macOS or Windows system