A virtual private network, or VPN, allows a user to create an encrypted connection between a computer workstation and a VPN server, to ensure that all the traffic between these two points is encrypted and secure.
The university uses a VPN server to give users the ability to access network shares and university systems from off-campus locations.
To use the VPN, a user must have a valid UMassD Logon.
How to set up VPN software
To use VPN, you must install the client software for your computer. For university-owned computers, the VPN client is available for self-service download.
Then open the instructions for your operating system, and follow the procedure in the order described:
- VPN Installation and Use Guide for macOS
- VPN Install Guide for University Windows Computers
- VPN Client Use Guide for Windows
For personally-owned Windows computers, download and configure the Check Point Capsule VPN client software using these instructions:
- Capsule VPN Installation & Use Guide for Windows 10
- Capsule VPN Installation & Use Guide for Windows 11
To access specific secure university systems, including Document Imaging, use the Single Tunnel client.
For questions or help with VPN, visit IT Service Centers & Hours.