University of Cambridge VPN

University of Cambridge VPN

The UIS VPN Service

The VPN service was officially launched in December 2014, superseding the previous VPDN service which was decommissioned on 27 April 2015.

What is the VPN service and when should I use it?

The VPN service is a way of connecting your device to the University of Cambridge Data Network (CUDN) from a remote location. Using the VPN not only is your device connected to the CUDN but it appears to actually be located on the CUDN.

This means that you can access resources that normally require you to be at the University, using a CUDN connected device. Examples of such services include:

  • UFS
  • Departmental or College resources
  • Some restricted access websites.

Are there alternatives to the VPN service?

Yes, for some resources it is better to use alternatives and not the VPN. Examples include:

  • Access to online journals for which the University has a subscription; most of these resources are available by using your Raven account
  • Other Cambridge websites using Raven to authenticate user access.

How do I use it and how much does it cost?

The VPN service is free and anyone with a valid CRSid can use it. You do not need to apply to use the VPN as it uses the UIS Network Identifier and UIS Network Access Token, just like the eduroam wireless network. You may collect your identifier and token from the tokens website.

Setup instructions for systems currently supported are listed in the navigation (found either to the left of this page or in the drop-down menu on mobile devices).

Additional information