Virtual Private Network
Virtual Private Network
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.
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.
macOS Computers: Cisco AnyConnect Instructions
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 does provide “as-is” downloads in the special case of Linux. Otherwise, ITS considers distributions of the Linux operating system unsupported for the VPN service.
Using Cisco AnyConnect Start Before Logon (SBL) on Windows Computers
Instructions for Windows 10
- When you are at the Default Login Screen, where it is prompting you for your username and password, click on the icon that looks like two computer monitors as seen here:
- You will see a Cisco AnyConnect logo in the center of the screen. Then a Cisco AnyConnect box will pop up, it should look like the image below, with vpn.rit.edu as the address. Click on the Connect button, then enter your MAIN username and password (email, RIT websites), then click OK:
- You will now notice an additional icon in the lower right-hand corner, this means that you are now connected, now proceed to login as normal:
Instructions for Windows 7
- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- Login as normal:
Using Cisco AnyConnect on Mac Computers
- Use Spotlight (Cmd+Spacebar) to search for “AnyConnect” without the quotes (also searchable under “Cisco AnyConnect”).
- Upon selecting the program, you will be presented with this screen. Make sure that the address is: vpn.rit.edu
- 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.
- After clicking OK, the client will start to connect to the VPN.
- You can now securely access RIT applications, services, and more.
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