University of Oregon

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Software

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Faculty/Staff
Researcher
Student
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What is VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and refers to a set of software and hardware that enable your computer to transparently connect to a remote network as if you were physically attached to that network. Communication between your computer and the remote VPN hardware is encrypted while using VPN.

Why Use VPN?
Access to some campus resources, such as the library's databases and electronic journals, require verification that you are a student, faculty or staff at the University of Oregon before you are allowed to search or read the full text of an article. The easiest way to provide this verification is to use the campus VPN (virtual private network) service.

A few campus enterprise applications, such as Data Warehouse, require VPN. If you are a Data Warehouse user please see Data Warehouse Installation for more information about its VPN requirement.

Which Version Should I Use?
There are several ways to use VPN. Select the version that best fits your needs:

  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN client is recommended for people new to using VPN. It requires you to install software but offers a more stable VPN experience.
  • iOS VPN software is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users.
  • Cisco IPSec VPNClient is an option for people who, in very rare cases, can't connect using AnyConnect (listed above). If you have been using this client prior to July, 2009 and can no longer connect, download and install the VPNClient profile for UO from the VPNClient download page.

Additional Assistance
If you are trying to use the AnyConnect VPN client and are having difficultly connecting, try the Cisco VPNClient. The same advice applies in reverse: if you are having difficulty with the Cisco VPNClient, try using the AnyConnect VPN client.

Data Warehouse users have a specific VPN configuration. See Data Warehouse Installation for installation directions.

Please contact the Technology Service Desk if you have more questions.