Oregon State University

VPN (off-campus access)

What is VPN??

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) gives the user a secure connection to the OSU network along with an on-campus IP address?.  Once the connection is established, the user will be connected to the OSU network through an encrypted tunnel.  Passwords and other sensitive information will be securely transmitted over the Internet and into the campus network.  Only traffic to and from OSU will be secure when using VPN.

Who has access?

Users must have an ONID or DINO account and a current affiliation with the University. For example, temporary access to ONID accounts after graduation will not give VPN access.

What OSU resources require using the VPN?

  • Accessing OSU Library databases and SciFinder Scholar from off-campus computers.
  • Using Outlook for Exchange? e-mail from off-campus computers (faculty and staff only).
  • Accessing OSU computers that are behind firewalls via Remote Desktop (faculty and staff only).
  • Banner GUI.
  • NOTE: A VPN connection is not needed from off-campus when accessing ONID Webmail, Outlook Web Access, or Blackboard.

Port Information

In case your firewall is preventing access to our VPN service, create an exception for the following ports:

  • TCP: 80, 443
  • UDP: 500, 4500
  • IPSec: 50 

Common alternatives to VPN 

VPNs are usually used to access resources from another location.  Some of these resources can be accessed online in a web browser or through other programs that connect to the internet.  If you have questions about what software needs VPN access, please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk. 

For users with ONID accounts looking to access their ONID file space:

SSH? programs:

for Windows: WinSCP 

for Macintosh: Cyberduck

Using Outlook for Exchange e-mail from a web browser:

Outlook web access

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