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==When and Why to use a VPN connection ==
 
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'''Note: VPN is no longer necessary to access Library Databases.  Please refer to http://www.stevens.edu/itwiki/cgi-bin/wiki/index.php/Library_database'''
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'''Note: VPN is not necessary to access Library Databases.  Please refer to [[Library database]]'''
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A VPN connection is used to encrypt all or part of your Internet traffic or to access services that are only available via the Stevens campus network when you are not on campus (access to the Storage01 share server is an example of this type of service).  You want to encrypt your traffic when sending/receiving sensitive data and/or the security of your local connection to the Internet is unknown or questionable; such as WiFi in a cyber cafe, airport, or hotel.  You cannot use a VPN connection to the Stevens VPN server while on campus, therefore you can not test while on campus. It is suggested, you follow the implementation instructions when off campus and contact, the Information Technology Help Desk via a phone call to set-up and test your VPN connection.  You do not need to use a VPN connection when sending email, if your email client is setup using authenticated SMTP.
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=Configure VPN Automatically (Recommended and Preferred Method)=
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To connect to the Stevens VPN server simply browse to [http://vpn.stevens.edu vpn.stevens.edu]; enter with your [[MyStevens|Stevens]] account credentials then follow the prompts to automatically connect.
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Guides for using the service in both Windows and Mac may be found below:
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* [[Web VPN|Windows Automatic Configuration]]
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* [[Web_VPN_OSX|Mac Automatic Configuration]]
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There are two setups possible when using the VPN server. The first is where all your traffic is encrypted and passes (tunneled) through Stevens, referred to as  “tunnel all traffic”.  The other is called “split tunnel”.  A “split tunnel” is where only traffic destined for Stevens is actually sent via the encrypted tunnel to Stevens.  Each setup has its benefits.  The “tunnel all traffic” method should be used when connecting to the Internet via a public WiFi where a malicious user may be looking at your traffic (sniffing).  The down side is that all your traffic gets sent to Stevens and therefore your Internet browsing will be slower and other applications will be slower and /or may not work.  Split tunnel is appropriate when you are at home or on a trusted network and would like to access certain restricted Stevens services that require you to be on the campus network to access.  An example of this would be using your network storage on storage01.
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=Alternate Configurations For Advanced Users=
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How do you know when to use which type of VPN?:
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* First are you using a campus resource that requires a VPN connection?  If you are, then ask yourself, do you trust the security of the local network that you are using to connect to the Internet? 
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** If you trust the local network, use a split tunnel.
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* If you are not using a campus resource and you do not trust the local network and you are going do some on-line banking, ordering or exchanging personal data, on a web site that does not utilize secure certificates (SSL) be more secure and use the Stevens VPN to tunnel all traffic 
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If you are not using a VPN required resource or you are not actively sending or receiving sensitive data you should not be connected via VPN to campus.  Type of VPN connection guidelines:
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== Split Tunneling ==
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The following table should be used to decide if you can use Split Tunneling or not.
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! Description || Using a VPN required campus resource || Trusted local network || Type of VPN connection to use
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| '''Using [[Library Databases|Library Database]] (No longer necessary) || Yes || Does not matter || Tunnel All Traffic
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| '''Home on a wired connection and need access to network storage || Yes || Yes || Split Tunnel
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| '''Home on a securely set up wireless connection || Yes || Yes || Split Tunnel
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| '''Home on an insecurely set up wireless connection'''|| Yes || No || Tunnel ALL Traffic
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| '''Hot spot, convention, or other unknown/public local network''' || Yes || No || Tunnel All Traffic
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| '''Home on a wired connection''' || No || Yes || No VPN required
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| '''Home on a securely setup wireless connection || No || Yes || No VPN required
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| '''Home on an insecurely set up wireless connection'''|| No || No || Setup your wireless connection securely and<br />VPN will not be required
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| '''Hot spot, convention, or other unknown/public local network || No || No || Tunnel All Traffic
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==Setup==
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We recommend that you setup both the “Tunnel All Traffic” and the “Split Tunnel” VPN profiles, it only take a few minutes and once you have setup the first one the second goes faster.
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===Configure your computer to Tunnel All Traffic===
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* [[VPN on Windows 7 - Tunnel All Traffic|Windows 7]]
* [[VPN on Windows 7 - Tunnel All Traffic|Windows 7]]
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* [[VPN on Windows Vista - Tunnel All Traffic|Windows Vista]]
 
* [[VPN on Windows XP - Tunnel All Traffic|Windows XP]]
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* [[VPN on Mac OS X (Leopard) - Tunnel All Traffic|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)]]
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* [[VPN on Mac OS X Tunnel All Traffic|Mac OS X]]
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* [[VPN on Mac OS X (Tiger) - Tunnel All Traffic|Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)]]
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* [[VPN on Linux - Tunnel All Traffic|Linux]]
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* [[VPN_on_iPhone_-_Tunnel_All_Traffic|iPhone]]
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* [[VPN on Android 4.X_-_ Tunnel all Traffic|Android 4.X]]
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=== Configure your computer to connect using Split Tunneling ===
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=== Configure your computer to connect using Split Tunneling (Split Tunneling routes http through your own connection instead of VPN) ===
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'''If you are trying to access the Library Databases, do NOT use Split Tunneling'''
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In order to connect to the Stevens VPN using split tunneling, please follow the directions for your operating system below.
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* [[VPN on Windows 7 - Split Tunneling|Windows 7]]
* [[VPN on Windows 7 - Split Tunneling|Windows 7]]
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* [[VPN on Windows Vista with Split Tunneling|Windows Vista]]
 
* [[VPN on Windows XP with Split Tunneling|Windows XP]]
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* [[VPN on Mac OS X (Leopard) with Split Tunneling|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)]]
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* [[VPN on Mac OS X with Split Tunneling|Mac OS X]]
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* [[VPN on iPhone with Split Tunneling| iPhone]]
=== VPN Troubleshooting ===
=== VPN Troubleshooting ===
* [[VPN Troubleshooting]]
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Latest revision as of 17:09, 21 March 2014


Note: VPN is not necessary to access Library Databases. Please refer to Library database

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Configure VPN Automatically (Recommended and Preferred Method)


To connect to the Stevens VPN server simply browse to vpn.stevens.edu; enter with your Stevens account credentials then follow the prompts to automatically connect.

Guides for using the service in both Windows and Mac may be found below:










Alternate Configurations For Advanced Users

Configure your computer to Tunnel All Traffic

In order to connect to the Stevens VPN, please follow the directions for your operating system below.

Configure your computer to connect using Split Tunneling (Split Tunneling routes http through your own connection instead of VPN)

VPN Troubleshooting

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