Remote Access (VPN)

Remote Access to your Desktop using VPN

VPN is a tool that enables you to access one computer from another.  Typical uses for Pop Center members would be 1) access their pop center computer from a home computer or laptop 2) access HSPH Kresge computers from the pop center 3) access the HSPH network drives from a non-HSPH internet connection.

To set up the VPN you need to install two software programs on the computer you connect FROM. You will also need to enable remote access of the computer you are going to access TO.

To start things off, put in an HSPH IT ticket and request a “VPN account” and a “fixed IP address” of the computer you want to connect TO. If you are not a faculty member, you will have to pay $72/year for this VPN account.

Once you have the email saying you can go ahead and set up VPN, you can follow the instructions below working with both the computer you want to connect TO, and the computer you connect FROM. For ease of notation, I’m going to call the computer you connect TO the “office” computer, and the computer you connect FROM is the “home” computer. This is just notation, however, you can actually set up the VPN any way around.

The initial set up takes a few steps, but then each time you want to connect it is just a two set process.