Off Campus Access

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Configuring VPN in Windows and Mac OS X

iPhone 3G, iPhone v2 and iPod Touch

Troubleshooting VPN Connections

See: Troubleshooting VPN

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.



Setting up dial-in on Windows Vista is a little different from Windows XP. Here are the instructions:

  1. Click on the Windows Logo button or Start button and select Connect To.
  2. Click on "Setup a connection or network".
  3. Select "Setup a dial-up connection" and then click next.
  4. In the box labeled "Phone Number:" type the College's dial-in number (the Helpdesk has this on file, please call or e-mail)
  5. In the box labeled "User Name:" type your username.
  6. In the box labeled "Password:" type your password.
  7. In the box labeled "Connection Name:" type Midd Dialup and click Next.
  8. Click the Skip button and select the option that says "Setup the connection anyway".
  9. 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. It's a little bit tricky to explain in writing (at least the initial setup). The general principle for this is as follows:

  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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