Virtual Private Networking

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) creates a connection between your own computer and the University network.

This gives you access to electronic information resources; allows you to connect to your University filestore (M drive) or use remote desktop to your office computer (staff only).

It does not give you access to the desktop and software available in the computer rooms.

In using VPN you are bound by the Information Services Regulations and Guidelines and before setting it up you should read our VPN policy

To use VPN you will need a computer with an internet connection and an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Aberystwyth University uses OpenVPN

Instructions for setting up VPN vary according to your operating system:

Once you have set up your VPN connection an OpenVPN shortcut icon will appear on your desktop.

Whenever you wish to access Aberystwyth University resources you should:

  • connect to the Internet using your usual ISP
  • click on the OpenVPN shortcut icon

Once successfully connected you should be able to access electronic resources, your M drive , and your office desktop as though you were on campus.