Off Campus Access
There are several different methods for accessing resources from off campus. Look through the options below and choose the one that is right for you.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way to simulate being on-campus, with full access to most campus resources, except library online subscription resources (use the library website links and EZ Proxy method). Most computers can use the instructions below:
VPN is also accessible via iPhone, with the following caveats:
- Do not save your password as it provides additional access to network resources
- If you don't see the "exchange" option, you may need an update for your iPod touch.
- Instructions to configure VPN on the iPhone
See also Troubleshooting VPN for exception cases and further help.
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 (non-VPN) Middlebury-based computers. EZproxy allows College users (current Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and faculty emerita 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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*(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.)
Access File Servers using WebDav
This powerful connection method allows both PC and Mac users to work with Middfiles from off-campus without requiring cumbersome up/downloading of documents. File drag and drop is supported as well as the ability to save directly to the server, without need of a VPN connection, whether on- or off-campus. However, it is slower than using a VPN connection, so frequent travelers should use VPN instead.
Access File Servers using a Web Browser (NetStorage)
Access your server files using just a web browser -- no need for a VPN connection. This method requires you to download files before editing them. When you have finished editing you need to upload the revised file.
NOTE: Netstorage is being phased out in favor of the superior WebDav connection method that supports drag and drop (see above).
Remote Desktop Access
Note: This is only available for PCs with Microsoft Windows XP or higher.
Remote Desktop Access is used to gain access to your computer on campus, and should be used only when your office computer is in a secure location.
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.)