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Husky OnNet, offered by UW-IT, is a client-based, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. Husky OnNet provides individuals using Mac OS and Windows devices with a secure, temporary connection to the UW network from off-campus locations. Users connecting their device to an off-campus network (e.g., from home, a conference, a café, at the airport, etc.) can use Husky OnNet to connect to the UW network to access resources as if they were physically on campus.

The Husky OnNet service replaces the iSchool VPN service ~ June 2016.

NOTE – This service differs from the iSchool VPN in that the iSchool VPN was a pre-configured connection, this is an application that you download, install, run, then use to connect to the VPN. Once you have installed the client application, it might be helpful if you pin the shortcut someplace where you can find it easily in the event that you use this service frequently.


If you are off campus:

you need to be connected to Husky OnNet to:
– access the N: drive via File Explorer or Finder
– avoid seeing Activation Required licensing messages for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office by maintaining access to the Key Management Service
– connect to certain research-related servers
access library databases and journals

you do not need to be connected to Husky OnNet to:
– connect to your iSchool Windows computer using the iSchool Remote Desktop Gateway
– access your UW email
– access the iSchool SharePoint Intranet
– access the Internet


To use Husky OnNet, you need to have the application installed on your computer. There is an application for both Mac OS and Windows.

If you have an iSchool issued computer that was imaged (the operating system and all applications installed) on or after ~June 20, 2016, you already have the Husky OnNet application installed.

If you do not have the application installed, click the link below to download the application installer:

Download the Husky OnNet application


Once the Husky OnNet application is installed, start the application named “BIG-IP Edge Client” to actually connect to Husky OnNet:

Start the Husky OnNet application


After starting the application and actually connecting to the Husky OnNet service, you can test connectivity to confirm:

Test Husky OnNet Connectivity


More Husky OnNet resources from UW-IT:

About Husky OnNet
Husky OnNet frequently asked questions

If you have any questions after reading this article or if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact the iSchool IT Help Desk.
(206) 616-3086