Off Campus Access

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See the VPN Setup on Windows and Mac article for instructions on how to configure a VPN connection:

  • on Windows XP
  • on Windows Vista
  • on Mac OSX Pather / Tiger / Leopard
  • on the Monterey network

See also Troubleshooting VPN for exception cases and further help.

iPhone 3G, iPhone v2 and iPod Touch

Split 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.

Off-campus Access via EZproxy

Many of the library databases and other electronic resources to which we subscribe limit access to users who sign in from Middlebury-based computers. EZproxy allows College users (current Middlebury
College students, faculty, and staff only) to connect to Web-based resources as if they were on campus. To access a particular resource from off campus (i.e., one of the subscription indexes and databases at http://go.middlebury.edu/databases), simply click on its link from somewhere on the Midd Website. You will then encounter the login screen as in the example screen below .

EZproxy login screen



This service is called EZproxy. It is all you need. Once logged in, you will have access to all our electronic resources. You will not need to log in again unless you close your Web browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer).

Indexes and Databases

If you have any questions or problems, please email the Reference Desk refdesk@middlebury.edu.

  *(For remote access to subscription resources, a "College user" is a current Middlebury student, faculty, or staff member as defined by Banner.  This is strictly controlled by license agreements with database vendors.  Such agreements are standard across higher education institutions.)

Dial-up (service DISCONTINUED)

The College's Dial-up service has been discontinued!

Other options for Internet service

(locally-available ISPs - Internet Service Providers - listed below for convenience.  This is not meant to be an endorsement of any ISP, nor a complete list of all options.  Please see the Yellow Pages for a more complete list of service providers.)

Most provide service through the following technologies:

DSL - Digital Subscriber Line - through your local telephone company (ex. FairPoint, Green Mountain Access, Shoreham Telephone)

Cable - through your television cable company (ex. Comcast)

Satellite - through a satellite television company (WildBlue, HughesNet)

Cellular Broadband - through a cellular phone company (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, etc.)

Wireless Broadband - less common - usually through a local effort (Ripton wireless coop)

Dial Up - using phone line without modification (many options)

Remote Desktop Access

Note: This is only available for PCs with Microsoft Windows XP or higher.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. From an off-campus location, establish a VPN connection.
  5. Open Microsoft's "Remote Desktop" program (Start => Programs => Accessories => Remote Desktop Connection)
  6. In the window that appears, enter the name of the computer that's on campus.
  7. 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.)
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