A virtual private network, or VPN, is a method of creating an encrypted tunnel to transfer data between two devices or networks over potentially untrusted networks.

Drexel runs a VPN server located at https://vpn.drexel.edu/, which can be logged onto directly for basic encrypted web access in the current browser session.  However, we recommend that you download and install the Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client to connect.  Using the VPN client will give you access to other network resources, such as file servers and printers, and will cause all traffic to be routed through Drexel’s network.

You can download the client via the Drexel software site using the following links:

Once installed, run the AnyConnect software and use vpn.drexel.edu as the server name.  When prompted, enter your Drexel username (e.g. abc123) and password.  You can verify that you are on the VPN by visiting a site such as What Is My IP Address? and confirming that the address starts with 144.118.

Certain services such as COE Exchange or COE Cloud Files work by encrypting data using SSL, and do not require VPN connections (although they will continue to work just fine over the VPN).  Services such as the COE File Servers, printers, or remote desktop require use of the VPN to access off-campus.