Audience: Franklin and Urbana University Faculty and Staff that have been granted IT permission to access work resources using their University laptop off-campus.
Disclaimer: The results and functionality of the following article only apply to audience listed above.
Why do we use VPN?
Establishing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to access secure information and applications while your work laptop is not physically connected to the University’s network. VPN is primarily used for connecting to the University’s internal network while you are off-campus, but it is also used to establish a secure connection when using the University’s wireless network instead of a hard-wired connection.
Some University internal web applications require a VPN connection if your laptop is not physically connected to the University’s network. Additionally, a VPN connection is required to access files and folders in shared network drives.
Configurations to connect to VPN have been placed on all University laptops. However, access is granted per individual employee. Not all faculty and staff have been granted access to VPN.
To request VPN access, CLICK HERE.
Windows 10 Instructions
As the university begins to rollout Windows 10 to all users, the steps for VPN access will change. The new procedure is much easier than the old, as VPN functionality is built in to Windows 10, so the old desktop VPN client is no longer needed. Please follow the instructions below to connect to VPN from your university-owned Windows 10 device.
When to use "Franklin VPN": When connecting to VPN from home or a public Wifi Connection
When to use "Franklin Inside VPN": When connecting to VPN from a Franklin or Urbana Wifi Connection
1. Establish a Wi-Fi connection.
2. Click the Networking icon located in the system tray in the bottom right of your screen. It will appear as a signal symbol if you are connected via Wi-Fi (as in this example) or it will appear as a network cable plug if you are on a wired connection. Clicking the icon will expand the networking menu. At the top, you should see the different VPN options.
3. Reference the above instructions to determine which connection you need to use. Select the appropriate connection and click Connect.
4. You should see the connection cycle through several messages and finally land on Connected. You should not need to input any login information, as you will automatically be logged in with the username you are currently logged into Windows as.
5. You should now have access to all internal Franklin resources.