The UMass Dartmouth wireless network is a secure network that connects to the Internet through a VPN server. This document addresses questions about VPN technology, and how to set up your Windows notebook to use it.
How does the VPN software work?
The VPN client software installed on a workstation makes a special connection with a VPN server. All network communication is encrypted, then filtered through the VPN server, making it virtually impossible for hackers to obtain sensitive information in-transit.
The links below connect to Adobe Acrobat documents that provide detailed instruction on setting up the VPN connection. Please follow the instructions indicated for your Windows operating system.
A VPN connection is required to use the wireless network on campus, and to access applications (such as ReservIt and network shares) from off-campus locations.
Installing and Configuring VPN for Windows
- VPN for Windows 8 & RT (PDF)
- VPN for Windows 7 (PDF)
- VPN for Windows Vista (PDF)
- VPN for Windows 2000 (PDF)
- VPN for Windows XP (PDF)
Windows 98/ME can be used with the UMass Dartmouth wireless network, but they are no longer recommended or supported. The document linked below can be used as a guide for Windows 98/ME VPN Setup.
- VPN for Windows 98/ME (PDF)
If you have questions about any of the set up procedures, or cannot complete them successfully on your own, please contact the appropriate group below.