K-State VPN - General Information
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to remotely access campus resources in a secure manner over the Internet. It provides a secure "tunnel" between your computer and the VPN endpoint on campus by using encryption and authentication. This is particularly helpful when connecting to the Internet using unsecured networks and public WiFi locations like airports, hotels, or coffee shops.
Using the VPN, any K-State student or employee with a valid eID can:
- Access the university's network resources in a secure manner over a public network (Internet).
- Access all campus resources that are restricted with K-State's IP address range (129.130.x.x).
K-State Polytechnic provides the same VPN service that is available on the Manhattan campus. The VPN client software may be obtained by visiting the ITS VPN page.
Remote Desktop Access for Faculty/StaffWhen used together, a VPN connection and remote desktop software allows K-State Salina faculty/staff to securely "remote in" to their office computer when they are away from work. Accessing your computer remotely is a 2-step process:
- Connect to the VPN (e.g. from your home computer or laptop)
- Use some form of remote desktop software to access your computer. For most people, this will be the Windows Remote Desktop software. If you are running Windows on your home computer or laptop, Windows Remote Desktop should already be installed.