VPN


What is a VPN?

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service allows students to securely 'tunnel' into the campus network from outside the university, and access services as if you were on-campus. It can also be used with on-campus networks.

This service is provided to students free of charge. Students can use the university's VPN service to:

  • Connect to a file share (mapped drive)
  • Print to a networked printer
  • Secure data transactions with the university's network

Mainland China VPN (FortiClient)

FortiClient VPN is offered to students in China who require access to University services and files. Only one computing device will be able to be logged in at a time. Please only use FortiClient if you are located in China.

FortiClient VPN Installation Guide

Google Scholar is not compatible with the FortiClient VPN. Alternative search options include the library’s Discovery and Library Guides to find academic databases for your discipline or topic area.

General VPN (Cisco AnyConnect)

Cisco AnyConnect is the client used to connect to the general UniMelb VPN. Students in Mainland China cannot use this, but can use FortiClient, as outlined above.

Download Cisco AnyConnect

Setting up Cisco AnyConnect

  1. Open the application 'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client'
  2. Enter remote.unimelb.edu.au/student in the 'Ready to connect' field, then click 'Connect'
  3. When prompted, enter your UniMelb username and password, then click 'OK'
  4. You should now be connected and are able to use the university's resources as if you were on-campus

Windows

The client requires Windows 7 or newer in order to work. Authenticate as a student by clicking the 'Download' button above. If the installation fails, click on the Windows Desktop link to download the client and manually install it.

macOS

The client requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or newer in order to work. Authenticate as a student by clicking the 'Download' button above. If the installation fails, you may need to download and install the client manually.

Linux

The client requires RHEL 6, 7 or Ubuntu 14.04 or newer in order to work. The client only works on 64-bit installations. Once the library has been installed, authenticate as a student by following the 'Download' link above to install the client on your computer. If the installation fails, you may need to download and install the client manually.

Mobile devices

Cisco AnyConnect is available for most mobile operating systems. Please follow the links below to install the client on your device.

Android iOS Windows Phone

University-managed computers

Computers using the Managed Operating Environment (MOE) have Cisco AnyConnect pre-installed. If you can't find Cisco AnyConnect on your device, try installing it via the Software Center (Windows) or Self-Service app (macOS). If you have any further difficulties, please contact the Service Centre on +61 3 8344 0888.