The Virtual Private Network (VPN) client software is required for access to Carleton University resources that are restricted to on-campus use.  It provides a secure encrypted channel from your home to the campus and allows access to many campus resources.

Mac OS

  1. Go to: and login with your MC1 Username and Password.
  2. On the following page, click “Continue”.
  3. Click on the “Download for macOS” button.
  4. Open the Cisco AnyConnect file you just downloaded, and it will present the .dmg package:

    The Install AnyConnect Security Client window will appear, click on Continue and accept the
    License agreement.

    In some circumstances depending on your computer system configuration, automatic installation may fail and you will be prompted to manually download installer package. Click “AnyConnect VPN” to continue.

    1. Depending on your browser:
      1. In Google Chrome, open the downloaded .exe file;
      2. In Microsoft Edge, click “Run” in the message bar at the bottom of the page; and
      3. In Mozilla Firefox, select “Save File” in the pop-up window. Click on the blue Downloads arrow in the top bar of the browser, and click on the downloaded file.
  5. Follow the prompts to run the Cisco Anyconnect Security Mobility Client Setup.
  6. In many Mac computers, security settings will prompt you to approve the Cisco Anyconnect Extension

    Open the System Preferences and, following the usual processes, click the Allow button.

  7. Returning to the install screens click through until you reach this message:

Using the Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client

  1. When you wish to use the VPN Service, you can launch the Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client window in whichever way you choose to launch applications on your Mac. If the dropdown menu is empty, type and click “Connect”.
  2. Enter your MC1 Username and Password and click “OK” to login.
  3. You will be asked to Accept the terms/policy’s of Carleton University, to finish the connection you will have to click the “Accept” button. You will now be connected to Carleton’s network.