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VPN - FAQs
This article answers some frequently asked questions about the VPN.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides University staff, student or faculty, securely access University network resources as if you were on campus, no matter where you are in the world. However, you do not need the VPN to access library resources and most other campus resources. It is only necessary to access certain restricted resources, such as non-web-based file shares. If you are unsure about whether or not you need to use the VPN, check with your local support or call the IT Services Service Desk at 773-702-5800 before installing the VPN software.
The VPN is not recommended as a substitute for the web proxy, since it requires the installation of fairly complex and invasive software.
How do I access the VPN?
Who can use the VPN?
Current students, staff, and faculty of the University are eligible to use the VPN. A current student is defined as a student presently in a quarter during which they are taking classes.
Can I use the VPN if I'm running Linux?
IT Services does not support VPN client on the Linux OS. We do, however, provide installer packages (32-bit and 64-bit) for advanced users who support themselves. Users may also, use OpenConnect as an alternative. However, this is client is unsupported and you are using it at your own risk.
Does the VPN work with 64 bit OSes, like Windows 7 or Windows Vista?
Can I use the VPN with Windows 98/ME/2000 or Mac OS 10.2/10.3/10.4?
IT Services does not support the VPN for use with versions of Apple OS X older than 10.5 or versions of Windows older than Windows XP. However, the VPN may still work with those operating systems.
What is the IP address range of cVPN?
cVPN's IP address range is 188.8.131.52/22.
How do I connect to the cVPN with an iPhone?
Download and install the free Cisco AnyConnect for iPhone application from iTunes. Connect to the cvpn.uchicago.edu server. Input your CNetID and password to authenticate.
How do I connect to the cVPN with an Android?
Currently we do not support a VPN client that can be used on the Android. There are several beta applications on the market. If used, please understand that you are using them at your own risk.