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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Students, faculty, and staff can now connect securely to the NU campus network from off-campus using a VPN (VIrtual Private Network).

Enrolling in Northeastern's Two Factor Authentication (2FA) System

  • Use this link to access Northeastern University's Knowledge Base articles about 2FA.
  • Read the resulting article on "How do I enroll in Duo two-factor authentication (2FA)?" and use the included links to enroll and register your devices.
  • If you have already enrolled, you do not need to repeat this step

Installing and Using the VPN client

  1. To download the VPN Client, please use the following link: https://vpn.northeastern.edu (Note: you must enroll in 2FA first, as the link will require you to authenticate with it)
  2. On the VPN download page, log in with your Northeastern University credentials

Please go to this link for more instructions and details.

You must use the VPN to connect to on-campus computers via Remote Desktop, VNC, and similar protocols.

This service is provided and supported by NU ITS. Use your NU (not COE) credentials to connect to the VPN.

Linux VPN Client

Until further notice, COE cannot provide support of the Linux VPN client application; this situation is under review by University ITS after the change to the 6.x version of the client.

List of services that require a VPN connection for access from off-campus

As of July 25, 2019: COE Linux login gateway; COE Mailman list management; COE online forms

As of Jan. 30, 2015, the following applications require the VPN in order to function properly:

AirDroid Apple Remote Desktop Avocent BeInSync Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) DeskShare eklogin exhelp Glide Jump Desktop klogin Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) Mocha RDP Mosh (Mobile Shell) Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) PC Anywhere PC-over-IP (PCoIP) Pocket Controller Pro for Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) Rexec vR-services Radmin RDM+ Remote Desktop rlogin Remote Shell (rsh) ScreenConnect Synergy TeamViewer (direct IP-IP) Telnet VNC Webot webRDP X Font Server X11 XDMCP

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