Off Campus Access
Configuring VPN in Windows and Mac OS X
- Recommended way of configuring VPN (for Windows XP, and Mac OS X Panther/Tiger)
- Instructions for Vista: Configure the Windows Vista Native VPN Client (This is the recommended way to configure VPN in Vista)
- Instructions for Mac OS X Leopard: Configure the Mac Leopard VPN Client (This is the recommended way to configure VPN in Leopard)
- Other instructions for configuring VPN on XP and Mac OS X Panther/Tiger are here:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/lis/help/helpdesk/documentation/network/off-campus/vpn/
- Instructions for Comcast customers (aka "Comcast workaround").
Connecting to Middlebury's VPN for Monterey Users
For most users we recommend using the native VPN client configuration described here: VPN Access to the Middlebury Network. Due to the configuration of the Monterey network, the native VPN clients and the WebVPN client do not work at Monterey. Monterey users (Mac or Windows) need the Cisco VPN Client with IPSEC over UDP:
- First follow the "Installing and Using the CISCO VPN Client" instructions on this page:
- Second, open the Cisco VPN client, choose the Middlebury College entry, click the Modify button.
- Under the "Transport" tab choose IPSEC over UDP.
iPhone 3G, iPhone v2 and iPod Touch
- Note: do not save your password as it provides additional access to network resources
- Note: If you don't see the "exchange" option, you may need an update for your iPod touch, see http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/softwareupdate.html
- Instructions to configure VPN on the iPhone
Troubleshooting VPN Connections
See: Troubleshooting VPN
Why do we want to use VPN? When we are off-campus it lets us access College resources that would be unavailable off-campus without VPN. VPN can also be used to secure a network that is inherently insecure (e.g. wireless at a cafe/airport).
- However, Mac OS X, by default, only sends traffic destined for the College over VPN. Any other traffic (e.g. Google, Amazon, etc.) is not sent via VPN, even if the VPN is running. This is known as "split VPN", and is turned ON by default on Mac OS X.
- On Windows, doing VPN comes with a certain cost -- the network connection when VPN is running is slower. This is because split VPN is NOT turned on by default in Windows.
To turn split VPN on or off, visit the Split VPN page.
- See our LIS official instructions for dial-up in Windows XP.
- Please note that the number used for dial-up has recently changed (Fall 09). Helpdesk staff can view the current dial-in number at this page.
Setting up dial-in on Windows Vista is a little different from Windows XP. Here are the instructions:
- Click on the Windows Logo button or Start button and select Connect To.
- Click on "Setup a connection or network".
- Select "Setup a dial-up connection" and then click next.
- In the box labeled "Phone Number:" type the College's dial-in number (the Helpdesk has this on file, please call or e-mail)
- In the box labeled "User Name:" type your username.
- In the box labeled "Password:" type your password.
- In the box labeled "Connection Name:" type Midd Dialup and click Next.
- Click the Skip button and select the option that says "Setup the connection anyway".
- Click the Close button.
Remote Desktop Access
These instructions show you how to access and use a computer that's on-campus, while you are physically off the college campus. For general information on remote desktop connections, see Remote Desktop Connection.
- Record the name of the computer, since you'll be using this to connect to it. The name can be obtained by right-clicking on "My Computer" and selecting "Properties", then clicking on the "Computer Name" tab.
- Ask the Helpdesk to add you to the list of users on that computer that's allowed to access it remotely. You can do this by calling x2200 or an email.
- Ensure the computer that remains on campus is turned on and is connected to the college's wired network. If the computer is off or not connected to the network at the time when you try to connect to it, you'll just see an error message.
- From an off-campus location, establish a VPN connection.
- Open Microsoft's "Remote Desktop" program (Start => Programs => Accessories => Remote Desktop Connection)
- In the window that appears, enter the name of the computer that's on campus.
- Login with your own credentials. (If there's anyone else logged in, you will be prompted to "log this person off" which kicks them off the computer.)