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A VPN connection allows you to work directly on the campus, as if you were virtually on campus with your computer. Very handy for remote support and if you far away at a conference or at home sick.

The IT department has several VPN servers.

  • Off campus wired server hostname:
  • Off campus Checkpoint VPN server:
  • On campus wireless server hostname:
Apply for a VPN account

Phone 021 808 4367 and ask the IT help desk for information about a VPN account.

Install and select Network Manager
  • Step 1 - Install the VPN software.
  • Step 2 - Click on the "networkmanager" icon on the taskbar and select "VPN connections".
  • Step 3 - Select "Configure VPN"
  • Step 4 - Click on the "Add" button.
  • Step 5 - Select a "pptp" connection.
Setup VPN tab
  • Step 1 - Input the IP address: for off campus wired connections for off campus Checkpoint VPN connections for on campus wireless connections
  • Step 2 - Input your campus webmail username.
  • Step 3 - Input the campus domainname: STB.
Setup Advanced tab
  • Step 1 - Click the "Advanced" tab.
  • Step 2 - At Authentication:
Uncheck PAP.
  • Step 3 - At Authentication:
  • Step 4 - At Security and Compression:
Check Use Point-to-point encryption (MPPE).
  • Step 5 - At Security and Compression:
Select 128-bit (most secure).
  • Step 6 - At Security and Compression:
Check Allow stateful encryption.
  • Step 7 - At Echo:
Check Allow PPP echo packets.
  • Step 8 - Leave all else blank.
  • Step 9 - At IPv4 Settings Tab:
Choose method Automatic (VPN).

Hit OK, OK to save and reboot to be safe if it does not work.

Notes for Kubuntu

In Kubuntu, you should be able to add the VPN through KNetworkManager. However, PPTP support is not yet available through the KNetworkManager (on 23/9/2009). It is apparently possible to set the VPN up with KVpnc, however.

Notes for Microsoft Windows