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
  • encrypt data, such as passwords, sent over an unsecured wireless network
  • access Library electronic resources (Cisco VPN only)

Cisco VPN (AnyConnect)

Cisco VPN (AnyConnect) is replacing CITES VPN as the supported VPN system. Cisco VPN (AnyConnect) should be your first choice for accessing campus systems now. 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.

VPN options

Cisco VPN offers multiple VPN profiles for the level of access you need into University systems.

  • Access Library electronic resources:  Use the TunnelAll option when logging in to access e-resources without going through the proxy server.  You will be able to access the G drive, H drive and other Library and University systems as well.  Detailed instructions are provided by CITES.
  • For access to most Library and University systems but not electronic resources, select the Split Tunnel option when logging in.  Split Tunnel is the default log in option.

Problems connecting with the VPN?  Visit CITES VPN FAQ for additional help.

Aventail VPN

This option is a great alternative to the Cisco VPN.  It can be used if the Cisco 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.
  6. To disconnect from the VPN, simply choose Log out in the upper right corner, and then exit the browser.