VPN (Virtual Private Network)

What is VPN?

Most of Bradley’s electronic resources are available via the Internet and require no special access software or permissions. However, some resources do have restricted access and will require special client ( Windows or Mac OS) software to enable authorized use from outside the campus network. This client software is called Virtual Private Network (VPN).

VPN is used to access University specific resources from off campus using a secured connection over the Internet. VPN connections are generally established for one of the following purposes:

1. Map drives on a server

2. Run Windows terminal services or other remote control programs

3. Access or administer administrative servers


You do not need VPN to:

1. Read FSMail email from a web browser (fsmail.bradley.edu)

2. Run AcInquire

3. Access Sakai

4. Access the Bradley Web site

An aircard is a device that plugs into a laptop computer and uses a cell phone signal to provide Internet access. This allows users to have Internet access without relying on Wi-Fi hot spots. They are sold by cell phone companies, and they require a monthly service plan. These cards do not work reliably with the VPN client for access to Bradley's network.