Connecting to OpenVPN on Android

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Once you are connected to the VPN, your internet traffic will be directed through PSU’s VPN hardware, and it will appear that you are connected physically to PSU’s network. This will allow you to use private MCECS services that require a connection to the PSU network, like Remote Desktop and VNC.

CECS vs. CECS Full Tunnel

CECS – a split tunnel configuration. Only data directed at PSU is sent through the VPN. The rest of your connections to other sites on the internet go through your ISP.

CECS Full Tunnel – a full tunnel configuration. ALL data from your computer is sent to PSU through the VPN. Should only be used for special needs.

Most MCECS users should find the CECS configuration sufficient for their needs. It is possible to set up both profiles and decide which one to use when connecting to the VPN.

When would full tunnel access be required

Full tunnel access is needed for users attempting to access the banner administrative interface, banner report downloads, campus drupal website maintainers, among other things.

Android apps on Chrome OS

Chromebooks that support Android apps

Enable Google Play Store on Chrome OS

If you can’t use Android apps, you can try the Cisco AnyConnect extension with your Odin account. Most MCECS services are available through the AnyConnect VPN. After adding, click the status area in the lower-right corner and click VPN disconnected. Select and login.

If you use Android private DNS and can’t load webpages when you’re on the VPN, try turning private DNS off.

Configuration Steps

1) Install OpenVPN Connect

There are two methods available for installation.

1.1) Google Play on your mobile device

Search for OpenVPN Connect directly from your mobile device and install it as you would any app.

Screenshot of the Google Store page for OpenVPN

1.2) You can install it on your mobile phone from your computer if your Google Play account is synced with the mobile device you would like to connect to.

Go to

and go to the Android tab. You will be directed to Google Play.

Screenshot of the OpenVPN client page. The Android tab is highlighted.

Click “Install” and choose a device to install OpenVPN on.

Screenshot of the OpenVPN app installation page

2) Download MCECS OpenVPN configuration files

Click below to download the OpenVPN configuration files(s) of your choice.

MCECS default split-tunnel profile:

MCECS full-tunnel profile:

3) Import the OpenVPN configuration file into your client

There are two methods to import your configuration – using the client import feature or double-clicking on the configuration file.

3.1) Import configuration using the import feature of the client

Choose the import profile item in the OpenVPN client menu.

Use the upload file option to import the configuration file. The URL method will not work in MCECS.

Screenshot of the OpenVPN app. A popup is open.

3.2) Double-click on the configuration file

Click OK on the import popup

Your Odin account will not work when trying to authenticate to OpenVPN

4) You will likely get a Connection Request notification similar to this one:

Screenshot of the OpenVPN app, displaying a connection request.

Click ok.

5) You will now be connected to OpenVPN using the configuration (profile) that you specified

Screenshot of the OpenVPN app running.


Manually restarting OpenVPN

After a reboot, you may need to reconnect to OpenVPN to access MCECS resources. Activate the vpn configuration (profile) as needed.

To check whether you are connected to the vpn

Go to: on your mobile device.

The top bar of this site will tell you whether you are on the vpn or not.