Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The second method uses something called a VPN, for Virtual Private Network. Essentially, it makes your computer behave as if it's directly connected to the Carleton network. For Macs, this is through software called "Tunnelblick" and for Windows, "OpenVPN".
- Allows reasonably fast file upload and download times
- Maintaining the connection allows you to easily move files back and forth
- Gain access to additional on-campus resources
- Requires software installation and configuration
- Can only perform as well as the network connectivity you have
Directions for installing and using the VPN software can be found via the links below:
After you have installed the VPN software, you can find additional documentation for using the service here:
Once you have installed and activated the VPN, your computer will effectively be connected to the Carleton network. You can then follow the instructions here to connect to your network drives.
If you have questions or problems using the VPN, ITS HelpDesk (x5999) may be able to help during business hours. Please note, however, that the level of support we are able to provide for home computers is limited.