Husky OnNet

Husky OnNet

This guide provides a short introduction to Husky OnNet, University of Washington’s VPN tool, powered by f5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. For more information, please visit the IT Connect page below.

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About Husky OnNet

Many UW and UW Bothell resources such as the UWB Fileservers, UW-provided U: Drives,the Application Licensing server, etc., can be accessed off-campus by using the Husky OnNet VPN service. Husky OnNet provides a secure connection to the UW networks.  Husky OnNet should be installed by default on UW Bothell-owned laptops. See instructions for university-owned and personal computers.

UWB owned computers: If Husky OnNet is not installed on your computer please visit the request form below and request Husky OnNet to be installed.

UWB Software Request form

Personal computers: If you would like to access the UWB fileserver from off-campus with your personal computer, Husky OnNet must be installed from the links on the ITConnect page. Installation instructions are also found on the page.

Using Husky OnNet

Once BIG-IP Edge Client has been installed, you may connect to it with your personal NetID. Instructions for Windows and macOS are below.


  1. Open BIG-IP Edge Client by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type BIG-IP Edge Client and then in the list of results, click on the program to open.

    Search for BIG IP Edge Client
  2. The VPN client may run an auto-update on startup. This is normal and the program will open when the update is complete. Click Connect.

    BIG IP Edge Client Window showing the Connect button
  3. Once open, the program will prompt you for your personal NetID credentials in a second window.

    Enter NetID credentials window
  4. After you have successfully authenticated and the connection is complete, the client will minimize to your taskbar.

  5. If you would like to disconnect the VPN, right-click on the f5 icon in your taskbar and click on Disconnect.

    f5 disconnect button in context menu

    Note: By default, the connection length for Husky OnNet is set to three days. At the end of this time period, you will be automatically disconnected from the VPN. The VPN will continue to run in the background, but can be manually closed by selecting Exit from the right-click menu.

MacOs (coming soon)


Still Need Help?

If you need additional assistance, please contact UW Information Technologies:

Call UW-IT: 206.221.5000 (also for emergencies)
Email UW-IT:
Submit a question using a Web form: Send a question to UW-IT
Self-help information on the Web: IT Connect
Check the status of your existing requests at My Requests


Last updated 02/22/2017