What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A number of UGent ICT facilities can only be used from computers connected to UGentNet.
You can also get access to UGentNet from outside the UGent (via your ISP).
This requires a VPN connection. To establish a VPN connection, you need to install a VPN client program.

When you establish a VPN connection via another ISP (Telenet, Belgacom, etc.) you get access to UGent internal information, as:

  • certain library applications e.g. Web of Science
  • the web form to change your password
  • mounting network drives

Note! From another ISP, you do not need VPN for: e-mail (via "webmail.UGent.be" or "owa.UGent.be"), Athena, the learning environment Minerva and the UGent portal site www.ugent.be.

If you live in the University Halls of Residence you need to set up a VPN connection to get access to the internet.

Read more: Virtual Private Network (VPN) settings and use