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VPN - Virtual Private Network

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VPN stands for «Virtual Private Network». The VPN client is software that allows an encrypted, secure and authenticated connection from remote locations to the ETH network. Once the connection is established, you get an ETH Zurich IP address.

Service Benefits

Many ETH services do not recognize users with an Internet provider other than the ETHZ (e.g. Cablecom) as ETH members and therefore deny them access. With a VPN tunnel they are allocated an ETH internal address and are thus accepted by these services. VPN appearance is similar to dialup service.

As the name «Virtual Private Network» implies, VPN is used to build a private, secure network through a medium like Internet. With VPN, Internet can be used for point to point connections like dial-up or for land line connections.

VPN Server

ITS Data Communication maintains a VPN server infrastructure for docking and off-campus access.

VPN infrastructure works with the AnyConnect client, a Java-Software.  This can be automatically installed here.
From now on the AnyConnect client is our preferred VPN technology.

Basically there are 2 user groups:



An encrypted connection requires the installation of some additional software. Users of the old infrastructure (IPsec) can find old software packages at IDES.
For problems with authentication, please contact our Service Desk or your ISG.

Additional links

Service Provider

ICT-Networks - Data and Voice Communication Group.

Support / Contact

For support in all areas concerning VPN please contact your Informatics Support Group (ISG) first. A list of department contacts can be found here.

Visitors, students and other groups without an ISG please contact the Service Desk.

Check our WIKI to learn more about our support services.

Forms, information and applications can be found on our support and application portal, available for ISGs only.


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