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Using the VPN to Remotely Connect to the Campus Network

About the VPN

Some of Cal Maritime's network services, such as email and Moodle, can be accessed using a web browser.  To access other campus network services from off campus, such as network folders (Z: drive or other departmental folders), require a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection The VPN creaes a secure connection or tunnel between your computer and the campus network.

The VPN also allows you to use the same email client (such as Outlook or Entourage) from off campus while connected to the campus network.  it also enables faculty and staff to control the computer in their office from off campus.  This is useful if you need to access files on your desktop or need to run an application that is not installed on the computer you are using off campus.

Faculy and staff can use the VPN (Virtual Private Network) device to connect to the campus network from a computer off campus.  This is done by using a Web browser (Internet Explorer preferred) on the computer you are using off campus to connect to the VPN and login using your campus network credentials.  The VPN establishes a secure (encrypted) connection (often referred to as a tunnel) to the campus network from off campus.  Essentially, your off-campus computer will have access to all campus network resources that it would if it were connected on campus.  The VPN also allows you to establish remote terminal sessions to control your office computer.

Preparing Your Computer to Connect to the VPN

It is of utmost importance that the computer you are using off campus is free from malware and viruses.  Connecting remotely with an infected computer may put the entire campus network at risk.  Please be sure that you are running the latest antivirus definitions and that you have scanned your computer for malware using a product such as Spybot Search and Destroy.


The following instructions guide users through this process.  For more information, please contact the Director of IT or the IT Support.

Windows Computers


  • Using a Mac to Establish a VPN Connection  PDF or Word
  • Using an iPhone to Establish a VPN Connection  PDF or Word


If you have questions about the VPN, visit the VPN FAQs or contact the IT Support.