VPN alternatives

Some software licenses and access restricted resources, such as several library collections and subscriptions, require you to be on the TU Delft network in order to access them. Students and employees can set up a so called ‘VPN connection’ on their computer, through which they are granted access to the network when they are not on campus.

In order to set up a VPN connection on Windows machines the TU Delft uses Cisco VPN Client. In our experience this program however sometimes causes problems (e.g. won’t run properly) on some students’ personal machines. There is an alternate solution: a free VPN client from Shrew Soft Inc.

Below we’ve briefly listed the procedures for setting up a VPN connection using each available alternative.

Installing a VPN client on Windows

Cisco VPN Client installation

Manuals and software downloads for the Cisco client are provided through: vpn.tudelft.nl

The above-mentioned site lists several different versions (some of them are outdated). Make sure you select the correct one. Anyone running Windows 7 or later should pick the bottom one on the list: winx64-msi-5.0.07.0290-k9.

Automated online installer VPN SSL service

The TU Delft also offers an automated installer for Cisco AnyConnect. Go to luchtbrug.tudelft.nl and sign in with your NetID.

Shrew VPN Client installation

In case previous alternatives don’t work, Shrew Soft Inc. offers a free VPN client that supports Windows 7 / 8 64-bits. Follow these steps to set up a VPN connection:

  1. Download Shrew VPN (we recommend choosing a ‘stable’ release);
  2. Run the installer;
  3. Download the TU Delft VPN config file (zip) and extract the zip file;
  4. Open the Shrew Access Manager;
  5. Choose File > Import, then browse to the downloaded and extracted tudelft.vpn file;
  6. That’s it: you can now connect to the TU Delft network.

“But I’m using a Mac…”

You don’t need to install a VPN client on OS X. Instead a new VPN interface needs to be added in System Preferences > Network. You can find a step-by-step manual here.

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