Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Instructions on VPN Setup
|Quick setup guide
||Detailed Setup guide
|Windows 8||Windows 8|
|Windows 7||Windows 7|
|Windows Vista||Windows Vista|
|Windows XP||Windows XP|
|Mac OSX||Mac OSX|
|Linux (Ubuntu 9.04 & 9.10)||Linux (Ubuntu 9.04 & 9.10)|
|Asus EeePC (Linux)||Asus EeePC (Linux)|
What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A Virtual Private Network(VPN) is a secure network connection that enables you to access the University Network. This method of connecting to the university Network uses an encrypted "tunnel" to pass the data over the internet. It is this that makes your connection as secure as being within the boundaries of the University Network.
What it does not provide
VPN does not automatically provide you with the ability to view your files or software, it only gives you access to the Network. To get access to your files you must also follow the instructions on how to map your drives and printers.
- Data is very secure within the VPN "tunnel" it would be impossible for the data to be tampered with in transit.
- You can have access to all your work files and software without having to physically move them.
- You have access to all the online services the same as if you were on the campus.
- Mapping drives - to access your files, you will need to connect to the server on which the files are stored (this is called 'mapping drives')
- Filestore - find out the different ways you can store and share your files