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Download and use Husky OnNet

Overview

Husky OnNet provides individual users with a secure temporary connection to the UW Network from remote locations. Husky OnNet is powered by f5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. The user applications for Microsoft Windows, MacOS,  and Linux are available for download from Uware. f5 Edge (client) apps are also available for tablets and other devices (e.g., Android, iOS, ChromeOS) from the respective app store (Google Play Store, iTunes, Chrome Web Store). Learn more about Husky OnNet.

To get started using Husky OnNet, you will do three things:

  1. Download and install the Husky OnNet client software.
  2. Find and run the Husky OnNet software to finish installation.
  3. Test your connection via the Husky OnNet test server.

When you have successfully tested your Husky OnNet connection, you can then access your resources using your normal connection methods.

Note: If you’ve followed these instructions but still aren’t able to get to the resource you are trying to access, please see Special Uses.

Download Husky OnNet

Go to the Husky OnNet Terms and Conditions page. From there you can download Husky OnNet client software.

Run Husky OnNet

Windows

  1. To open the Husky OnNet application for the first time, search for “f5” to find the BIG-IP Edge Client software, and click to run the application.
  2. The application will open. Enter your UW NetID credentials.
  3. To activate Husky OnNet, click Connect.

MacOS

  1. To open the Husky OnNet application for the first time, navigate to your Applications folder and double-click the f5 logo with app name “BIG-IP Edge Client”.
  2. Click Connect.
  3. When asked, enter the appropriate username and password.
Note: When the MacOS application opens, you will see a screen showing three options:
  • Auto-Connect
  • Connect
  • Disconnect
The Auto-Connect feature is permanently DISABLED and does not work.
To start your Husky OnNet session, click Connect. To end your session, click Disconnect. Always be sure to click Disconnect before attempting to start another session.

Linux

The f5 Helper Application is designed to be self-installing and self-configuring, but f5 recommends using Firefox to install the f5vpn software on Linux systems.  (Screen shots of the Firefox download and installer.)

    1. To open a connection to Husky OnNet, after installing the f5 Helper Application with Firefox, connect to Husky OnNet by browsing to:
    2. When asked, enter the appropriate username and password.
    3. pop-up window showing a Security Warning window will appear. Select whether to allow VPN connection from this site
    4. pop-up window showing your session status will appear.

You can minimize this window and remain connected, but closing this window or browser completely will terminate your VPN session.

  1. To disconnect from Husky OnNet, click “Disconnect” button in the upper right corner of the pop-up browser window.

Test Husky OnNet Connectivity

Go to: husky-onnet-test.uw.edu

If you have successfully installed and connected to the UW network with Husky OnNet, you will see a “Congratulations!” message.

Uninstall Husky OnNet

Windows

  1. In the Control Panel, go to Programs and Features.
  2. Select all BIG-IP components and click Uninstall.
  3. Go to Network Connections and manually delete the entry:
    _Common_huskyonnet-split_na_res – Go to huskyonnet.uw.edu instead of dialing directly.

MacOS

  1. Open the Husky OnNet BIG-IP Edge Client application.
  2. From either the f5 dock icon (right click for menu) or f5 status bar icon (click for pulldown menu), select Preferences.
  3. At the top of the Preferences window, next to General, select Advanced.
  4. You will see an uninstall option for two components. Click ONLY the uninstall button for the BIG-IP Edge Client. This will remove all the application components from your machine.
    Note: There is no SSL VPN Plugin installed with Husky OnNet; selecting uninstall for this component may hang the application, requiring you to quit and restart the application.

Linux

  1. Use the package manager native to your Linux distribution (for example apt, zypper, dnf, or yum) to remove f5vpn (the f5 VPN application).

Special uses

Some UW network users require access to network resources and applications that reside outside the UW network but access to those resources is allowed ONLY to devices that are members of the UW network (i.e., have a UW IP address). One common example of online resources requiring this specialized access are UW-restricted library resources.

To access these restricted non-UW resources:

  1. To end your current session, click Disconnect.
  2. Click Change Server.
  3. From the drop-down menu, click All Internet Traffic.
  4. To begin a new session on the new server, click Connect.

When using this option, all of your traffic is using the Husky OnNet connection, and is subject to the UW Appropriate Use policy.