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. Many ETH services do not recognize users with an Internet provider other than the ETH Zurich(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. The service is available to all ETH Zurich employees and students for free.
How to set up VPN
Windows, Mac OS & Linux
For Windows, Mac OS and Linux-based operating system we recommend the AnyConnect VPN Client from Cisco. This can be automatically installed from https://sslvpn.ethz.ch
iOS & Android
General settings for Native Clients (limited support)
DescriptionFor the encrypted remote connection to the data network of ETH Zurich the ITS ICT-Networks section operates a VPN Gateway. This VPN connection is the basis of the PWLAN.
Through using an encrypted remote connection (VPN), the user revieves an IP address from the official ETH Zurich domain. This allows the user access to certain Services at ETH Zurich.
Customer Groups / Cost / OrderThe service is available to all ETH Zurich employees for free. The first point of contact for all support issues in regards data networks is your IT Services Support Group / ISG (department contacts). For students and other groups without an ISG the Service Desk is the first point of contact.