VPN Connections

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a secure way to connect to campus systems from any off-campus location.  A campus VPN connection allows you to:

  • connect to the library's G drive, H drive, CMS, and other systems
  • access the library's e-resources without logging into the proxy server
  • encrypt data, such as passwords, sent over an unsecured wireless network


This should be your first choice for accessing campus systems.  Follow the instructions to download and configure the client application, and from then on you just need to log into the client with your NetID to connect to the VPN.  More information about this VPN is available on the CITES website.

Aventail VPN

This option is a great alternative to the CITES VPN.  It can be used if the CITES VPN cannot connect.  You can connect to this VPN by downloading the Aventail VPN client or log into the VPN through a web browser. 

Download the client application

Follow these instructions to download the Aventail VPN application.  Select your operating system under the Web interface section, and follow the download instructions.

Connect through a web browser

  1. Go to https://sslvpn.near.illinois.edu.
  2. Select Off Campus Split Tunnel in the drop-down menu and click Next.
  3. Log in with your NetID and NetID (Active Directory) password.
  4. Choose Run in the window that appears and choose Don't Block for any security warnings that appear.
  5. It may take a few minutes for the VPN to load through the browser.  Once it is finished loading, you need to keep the browser window or tab open for the duration of your session.  Closing the window will end you VPN connection.

To disconnect from the VPN, simply choose Log out in the upper right corner, and then exit the browser.