Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network

Overview

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is technology that is used to secure transmissions that travel across the open Internet.

RIT's VPN client lets you securely connect to the RIT campus network when you are not on campus. While connected through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) — with a cable or DSL modem, or wirelessly at a “hotspot” — an encrypted VPN tunnel will allow you to securely communicate with the RIT network. With our VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between RIT and your computer at home or another remote location.

VPN should not be used when your computer is connected in any way to the campus network, especially on our wireless network, which now supports its own strong encryption. Our VPN service also cannot protect traffic once it reaches the RIT network or leaves it for another destination.

An RIT VPN connection is required when accessing certain RIT Services and Applications from outside the campus network. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, Remote Desktop Access, and access to networked file shares.

    Download the RIT VPN Client for Your Personal Computer

    You must agree to the VPN Download Agreement in order to download and install this software on your personal computer. Log in with your RIT Computer Account credentials to view and agree to these terms.

    After you accept the agreement, you will be able to download the VPN software for your personal Windows or Mac computer.


     

    ITS Managed Computers

    RIT-owned, ITS Managed Computers will have the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software already installed.


    Using Cisco AnyConnect

    Windows Computers: Cisco AnyConnect Start Before Logon (SBL) Instructions

    When attempting to access certain resources, such as accessing fileshares, on a ITS Managed Windows Computer, it is important that the VPN client is started on your machine prior to logging in. Please ensure that you perform the instructions prior to logging into your machine. If you are already logged in, log out and follow the instructions before logging in again.

    Mac Computers: Cisco AnyConnect Instructions

    Using Cisco AnyConnect Start Before Logon (SBL) on Windows Computers

     

    Instructions for Windows 7

    1. When you are at the default login screen where it is prompting you for your username and password, click on the "Switch User" icon, as shown below:
    2. At this screen you will notice a new icon appearing in the lower right-hand corner, click on the one to the left of the power button, as shown below:
    3. You will see a Cisco AnyConnect box pop up, it should look like the image below, with vpn.rit.edu as the address. Click on the Connect Button:
    4. Another window will pop up prompting you for your username and password, enter your username as shown, and enter your MAIN password (email, RIT websites), then click OK:
    5. You will now notice an additional icon in the lower right-hand corner, this means that you are now connected, click on the "Other User" icon to return to the normal login screen:
    6. Login as normal:

     

    Instructions for Windows 8

    1. When you are at the Default Login Screen, where it is prompting you for your username and password, click on the "Switch User" icon, as shown below:
    2. At this screen you will notice a new icon appearing in the lower left-hand corner, click on the one to the right of the accessibility button, as shown below:
    3. You will see a Cisco AnyConnect tile, it should look like the image below. Click on the Cisco AnyConnect tile:
    4. You will see a Cisco AnyConnect box pop up, it should look like the image below, with vpn.rit.edu as the address. Click on the Connect button, then enter your username as shown, and enter your MAIN password (email, RIT websites), then click OK:
    5. Your will now notice an additional icon in the lower left-hand corner, this means that you are now connected, click on the "Other User" tile to return to the normal login screen, and proceed to login as normal:

    Using Cisco AnyConnect on Mac Computers

     

    Mac Instructions

    1. Use Spotlight (Cmd+Spacebar)  to search for “AnyConnect” without the quotes (also searchable under “Cisco AnyConnect”).

    2. Upon selecting the program, you will be presented with this screen. Make sure that the address is: vpn.rit.edu
    3. Click “Connect” and enter your RIT Computer Account Username and Password into the appropriate fields. NOTE: Enter just your username, not including the "@rit.edu" portion. 
    4. After clicking OK, the client will start to connect to the VPN.
    5. You can now securely access RIT applications, services, and more.

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