VPN (virtual private networking) lets you access resources on the Amherst network from off-campus that normally are blocked from such access.
The college has several VPN services designed to provide access to different systems and services on the college network. Most users will use GlobalProtect VPN to access services such as network shares (I: and U: drives) and Colleague from off-campus.
A subset of users will use specialized VPN services to access services such as card services (VPN CBORD), HVAC services (VPN HVAC), and the digital phone system (VPN VOIP). If you require access to these specialized VPN systems please contact AskIT.
Features and Benefits
Resources you can access from off-campus using VPN include:
- Network shares such as your personal file share (U: drive), your departmental file share (I: drive), and any project shares on various college servers such as the Storage server.
- Colleague UI and Business Objects
- The financial reporting system
- License managers for software such as SPSS and Mathematica, allowing you to use the software from off-campus.
Some outside networks may not permit you to use VPN to access the Amherst network.
- This may be the case when you use guest network access at another school or institution.
- Some countries or locations may disallow use of VPN, and these rules and restrictions can change frequently.
- Last, some routers provided by Internet providers do not allow VPN use, specifically all-in-one type routers that provide TV/data/phone sometimes disallow VPN use. In this case, you will need to request a separate router for data from your Internet Service Provider.
Note that while connected, the GlobalProtect VPN service may interfere with your access to devices on your home network if your home network uses a 10.dot addressing scheme. (Most home routers use either a 10.0.x.x, a 10.1.x.x, or a 192.168.x.x addressing scheme.)