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How do I log in to the VPN using Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication may be used to securely log in to the Wayne State University VPN. You may sign up for two-factor authentication by going to vpn.wayne.edu/secure and following the prompts. Follow the steps below to log in to the WSU VPN using two-factor with either Pulse Secure, the web or a mobile device.

Pulse Secure

  1. C&IT recommends using the Pulse Secure client to connect to the WSU VPN. Learn how to download and configure Pulse Secure on the C&IT Knowledge Base.
  2. Download and configure Pulse Secure on your computer.
  3. Log in with your AccessID and password. 

  4. Pulse Secure will ask for your secondary password. Choose the appropriate option based on the settings you chose when enrolling for two-factor authentication.
    • Push: If you have the Duo mobile security app downloaded and configured, type push and you will receive a push notification to verify your login.
    • Phone 1: If you have a phone number configured, type phone1 (or phone2, phone3, etc. depending on your settings) to receive a phone call or text message. (DO NOT include a space between the word phone and number of the device you are using.)
    • Passcode: Type passcode to receive a text message or Duo app message, depending on your account settings.



Follow the steps below to access the VPN from using any web browser.

  1. Go to vpn.wayne.edu and enroll for Two-Factor Authentication if you have not already.
  2. Log in with your AccessID and password.
  3. When prompted, select the device you'd like to use for two-factor authentication and follow the prompts. For more detailed information, see the Duo Security guide at guide.duosecurity.com/netconnect.


Mobile Device

The Pulse Secure app may be used to securely connect to the WSU VPN via Android and Apple smartphones.


More information

NOTE: C&IT employees will receive an error screen if they attempt to log in to the regular VPN website. Users must download Pulse Secure before initiating a VPN session; if you download Pulse Secure after already attempting a VPN session, you will have to close out of your first attempt and begin again for it to be recognized.