What is the purpose of a VPN?

OHIO's web-based VPN allows faculty and staff to remotely access Ohio University online resources that normally would be restricted to campus-only access and/or would require a secure connection.

Examples include accessing one's Home and Shared network storage folders, logging into a secure system that only allows connections from within the university's network, or printing to an on-campus printer from outside the university's network.

How do I access the VPN?

  1. Make sure you have access to a broadband Internet connection.
  2. Open a web browser.
  3. Visit
  4. Log in with your OHIO ID and password.

What resources can I access via VPN?

By default, you will have a link to your Home folder and your Shared folder.  You can add additional links to web-based services as needed.  

If you need access to advanced services like terminal sessions or remote printing, please contact the Service Desk for assistance.

Do I need to install any VPN client software?

In most cases, no.  All you need is a web browser.

Some advanced services might require a separate client.  If that is the case, we will let you know when we set up those services for you.

What kinds of Internet connections work with the VPN?

We recommend using a high speed/broadband connection, like a cable modem or DSL.

Who can use the VPN?

University faculty and staff.

What sorts of enhanced features are available?

Enhanced services like RDP, terminal sessions, and remote printing are available on request.  Some enhanced services may require separate client software.  Contact the Service Desk for assistance in configuring the services you need.