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Chemistry Network Access from home

What?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows access to "internal" computing resources from "outside" across the internet, in a more transparent and general way than current methods of remote access (ssh, remote desktop etc.). Effectively the home/remote machine will acquire the same access as if it were on the internal Departmental network. 

Please note: when you connect to the Department's OpenVPN service, all network traffic from your computer will be routed via the Department network.

Why?

User benefits include:

  • easy to configure and use, giving a Chemistry Department IP address which allows access to otherwise restricted resources (journals, file-servers etc.)
  • secure access (once connected, all traffic is encrypted)
  • supported for Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix
  • supported by more ISPs than the other VPN solution

I already have the VPN installed, just give me the latest version of the config file

Please see OpenVPN changes October 2015

I have tried to connect to the VPN, how can I tell if it worked?

Click on this link to find out.

How to connect to it?

General advice

The username is your CRSID followed by @ch.cam.ac.uk - for example, a user with CRSID fjc55 should use fjc55@ch.cam.ac.uk as their OpenVPN username. For the password, you should use your ChemNet token which you can collect from https://apps.ch.cam.ac.uk/ssms/collectchemnet .

 

If you are having problems with VPN (slow speeds, being disconnected) then make sure you have the latest version of the config file. We tune the settings from time to time to improve performance. Find config files and setup instructions by clicking on the appropriate link for your device below.

If you are on Windows and having problems, remember you must run the program as an administrator. More details in the Windows page.

Android 4.x

Click here for instructions

ChromeOS

Click here for instructions

iPhone/iPad

Click here for instructions

Windows

Click here for installation instructions

OSX

Click here for installation instructions

Linux

Click here for machines using Network Manager (if in doubt, this is the link you want)

Click here for general installation instructions

 

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