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 use the library’s electronic resources remotely? You can find instructions for using electronic resources on the library’s website.
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.
- Read the OpenVPN instructions for the University’s Windows computers
- Read the OpenVPN instructions for Windows home computers
- Read the instructions for Mac computers: Tunnelblick is the Mac version of OpenVPN
- Cubbli: The VPN settings are pre-installed on the University’s Cubbli computers
- Read the OpenVPN instructions for Android devices
- Read the OpenVPN instructions for iOS devices
Instructions for use
In case of problems, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall OpenVPN.
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 https://vdi.helsinki.fi.
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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