Oregon State University

VPN (off-campus access)


A virtual private network (VPN?) provides a secure connection to the private OSU network regardless of the user's physical location. Data sent to oregonstate.edu and its subdomains will be encrypted, allowing the secure conveyance of sensitive information and passwords. A connection over VPN is necessary for off-campus access of many OSU resources, which are listed below. 

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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