VPN Setup Instructions
Users trying to connect to the Middlebury network from home must set up a VPN connection. The instructions are below. VPN stands for Virtual Public Network. See the VPN Wikipedia article for more general info.
- 1 Different instructions apply for Monterrey
- 2 VPN setup on Windows
- 3 VPN setup on Mac OSX
Different instructions apply for Monterrey
The instructions below will NOT work at Monterey.
- Part of Monterey's network (the admin portion) is automatically connected to Middlebury so no VPN is required.
- The classroom/non-admin portion of Monterey's network, including the wireless network at Monterey requires the use of the Cisco VPN client as outlined at this page: Off_Campus_Access#Using_VPN_on_the_Monterey_Network.
VPN setup on Windows
Set up for the native VPN Client on Windows XP
- Click on .
- Click on Control Panel. (If you don't see Control Panel, look for it under the Settings menu.)
- Under Control Panel, find and open Network Connections.
- From the File menu, select New Connection.
- The New Connection Wizard will open. Click .
- Choose Connect to the network at my workplace and click .
- Select the Virtual Private Network connection and click .
- Enter MiddVPN (for the company or connection name) and click .
- If asked to automatically dial a connection, choose Do not dial the initial connection.
- For the Host Name or IP address enter: 22.214.171.124 Click .
- Choose not to use a smart card, if asked by the wizard.
- Select the Anyone’s use usage option, then click .
- Check the Add a shortcut to my desktop box, and click .
- If asked, enter your username and password to start the VPN connection.
- To connect in the future: double click the shortcut named MiddVPN on the Desktop and enter your username and password.
Set up for the native VPN Client on Windows Vista and Windows 7
Note: These steps won't work unless your computer is currently connected to the internet. Please connect to the internet before following these instructions.
- Click on the Start button, then click on Control Panel.
- Select the Network and Sharing Center (or, if you don't see it, first select Network and Internet).
- In the left navigation area under Tasks, click on Set up a connection or network.
- Select Connect to a workplace and click .
- If prompted to use an existing connection, choose No, create a new connection and click .
- Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN).
- Enter the IP address 126.96.36.199 and a name for the connection as shown below, and click on .
- Enter your Middlebury College username, the password for that account, and MIDD as the domain. Then click on Connect.
- A screen displaying the text “You are connected” will appear when the VPN connection has been established.
- Return to the Network and Sharing Center to disconnect the VPN connection as needed.
- Click on Manage network connections in the same location to establish future VPN connections.
VPN setup on Mac OSX
This article gives the most up-to-date instructions on how to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection. While Middlebury used to use the Cisco VPN client, we have noticed that the Cisco client is unreliable and hard to set up in many cases so we don't use it anymore. These instructions use the native VPN client that is installed on your operating system.
Setup for the native VPN client on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
- Click on the Finder icon on your dock.
- Click on the Go menu that’s located on the top of the screen and select Applications.
- The Applications folder will open.
- In the Applications folder, find and open Internet Connect.
- When Internet Connect opens click on the VPN Icon.
- You will get a message saying: “Your computer needs to be set up to make a VPN Connection”. Select the PPTP radio button option.
- Click Continue. If prompted, enter your username and password.
- You will see a VPN configuration window with a dropdown box labeled “Other”. Below that is a space for “Server Address”. Enter 188.8.131.52 in that space.
- The Account Name is MIDD\yourusername . Your password goes in the Password field. Place a checkmark in the box labeled “Show VPN status in the menu bar”.
- Click Connect to test the connection. Once connected, please disconnect, as you are not quite done.
- Click on the dropdown box at the top of the window (labeled Other) and choose Edit Configurations.
- In the descriptions field enter MIDD and click OK.
- Close Internet Connect and save changes when prompted.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple menu in the top left corner.
- In System Preferences click on Network.
- From the Show dropdown menu (near the top of the window) and select VPN (PPTP).
- In the Search Domains field, enter middlebury.edu and click Apply Now
- Exit Network Preferences, saving any changes if prompted.
To use VPN now and in the future: click the VPN icon on the menu bar and select Connect, as shown in the picture below. You must enter your username and password the first time.
Setup for the native VPN client on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
- System Preferences will open. Select Network.
- Click on “+” in bottom left to add a connection.
- Choose VPN as the Interface type; PPTP as the VPN Type; and enter a Service Name.
- Click Create.
- Enter Server Address as 184.108.40.206, Account Name as MIDD\username whereusername is replaced with your account login. Also, check Show VPN status in menu bar.
- Click on Apply in the lower right corner of the screen.
Now VPN is set up! You can use it to connect to many Middlebury College resources when you have an Internet connection from off campus. To do so:
- Click on the VPN icon on the menu bar and select the Connect option for the VPN setup you just completed.
- When prompted for password, enter the same one you use for email. Remember MIDD\username will have your user name listed in place of username. Click OK.
- Once connected, you’ll see the VPN connection status on the menu bar, and may click on the icon there to disconnect or to troubleshoot your connection.