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Engineering Network Services

VPN Information

ENS recommends using the CSU Secure Gateway for your VPN needs. Select your operating system below for VPN configuration instructions.

When should I use a VPN?
Do not use a VPN connection when you are connected to an on-campus (wired or wireless) network. This can cause problems with your connection.
Do use a VPN connection when you are not connected to an on-campus network, and you want to access campus resources. (See below for details.)
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) uses any Internet connection to provide remote or roaming users to a central organization's network. In our case, the VPN allows you to connect to the CSU Engineering network from your home or any other Internet connection, and allows your computer to act as if it were a part of the physical Engineering network. This allows you to access Engineering resources that you normally would have to be physically on campus to access.
Why is there an Engineering OpenVPN server?
Our OpenVPN server allows Windows, Mac, and Linux users to create a split tunnel to the Engineering network. This means that only traffic destined for CSU will go through the SSL gateway. All other non-CSU traffic (such as to your home network, or the Internet) will go through your current network connection or ISP provider. This improves your network performance, since your traffic doesn't have to take a roundabout way through CSU first before it gets to outside sites like Google, Yahoo or Youtube.
Please note that the OpenVPN is a supplementary service we provide. It has limited resources and may be at full capacity at peak times.
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This document last modified Friday January 08, 2016

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