Connections from outside the University

Connections from outside the University

The 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 electronic journals offered by the library. To use these services on a computer outside the university network, you are required to establish a secure connection between your home computer and the university server.

The most common technology for establishing such a connection is VPN (Wikipedia). To use a VPN connection, you need a valid university username. Check the installation instructions for different operating systems.

Some of the University's online services, such as Flamma, can be accessed from any network, including without a VPN connection.

Do you want to connect your group or home directory from outside the University? Read the instructions behind this link.

Do you want to use the library’s electronic resources remotely? You can find instructions for using electronic resources on the library’s website.


Updating the university’s laptops outside the university network:
The university’s laptops are updated outside the university network using OpenVPN. Just an Internet connection is not enough because the computer does not receive the software and information security updates in this case.

OpenVPN in a nutshell

Use the uh-vpn-helsinkifi-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.
    • Use this connection when you log in to Rapo.

Connection through the OpenVPN client software

When using VPN software, traffic from your computer to the VPN server inside the university firewall is encrypted, and computers using the VPN connection are assigned a university network address. The latter makes it possible to use several services restricted to university computers.

Installation instructions

Instructions for use


In case of problems, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall OpenVPN.

Learn more about VPN and its use


Virtual desktops

Many of the University’s internal services can be used over a virtual desktop. You will find further information about virtual desktops in these  instructions.

It is not necessary to install a separate virtual desktop for occasional use since you can also use the browser version of the virtual desktop at

The required client software comes pre-installed on university computers. If required, you can also install it on your home computer. The connection to the virtual desktop is secured automatically. You do not need to use a VPN connection in addition.


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