Establishing an OpenVPN connection with an Android device

Use of some of the university’s online services is limited to the university network for licence-related reasons. These services include the databases and e-papers offered by the library. If the services need to be used on computers outside the university network, it is only possible by establishing a secure connection between the home computer and the university server.

The most common technology for establishing such a connection is VPN. Computers using a VPN connection receive a university web address and all the network traffic of the computer is directed through the university network when the connection is running.

These instructions were written for the HUAWEI P10 lite smartphone running the Android version 8.0.0.
Installing OpenVPN on other devices may slightly differ from these instructions. However, the main principles are the same. Adjust the instructions according to your device.

OpenVPN in a nutshell

Use the uh-vpn-helsinki-fi-only connection when you are in your home network or any other trusted network 

  • Only the necessary traffic goes through the University (e.g. home directories, Efecte, SAP) 
  • Less strain on the University network 

Use the uh-vpn-allroute connection when you are in another network, for example, in a hotel or café 

  • All traffic goes through the University securely 
  • More strain on the University network 
  • Use this connection when you want to use the library’s paid e-materials.

  • Download the OpenVPN Connect software from Google Play store.
  • Download needed files: 
  • Launch OpenVPN Connect.
  • When the software asks for the ovpn profile file, select the files you downloaded previously.
  • Continue by filling in the other information requested by the OpenVPN Connect software. Use your short account name (e.g. rkeskiva)
  • Go to settings and change setting Allow Compression (insecure) to Full.
  • Now you are ready to activate the vpn connection.

See Detailed help for more information and pics.

Installation

Download needed files and save these on your device. The default location is the Download folder.

Download the OpenVPN Connect software from the Google Play store.

Launch OpenVPN Connect.

When the software asks for the ovpn profile file, open the files you downloaded previously.

Select the file (1) and click IMPORT (2).

Enter your username (in short form, e.g. rkeskiva) and password and click ADD.

Establishing a connection

  • Slide the switch to the right.
  • As the university does not have user-specific certificates, click CONTINUE.
  • The connection has now been established. You can see statistical information on the connection at the bottom of the screen.

 

Disconnecting

  • Slide the switch to the left.
  • Click OK.

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