Off Campus Access
- LIS Official Documentation for Off-Campus Access
- See Remote Desktop Access about obtaining, and using a computer that's on-campus, while you are physically off the college campus.
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").
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.