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VPN (Virtual Private Network)


  • retired on March 31, 2014. Please follow the instructions below to set up Stanford VPN service.
  • Developers and system administrators of the Administrative Systems should use the Public VPN Client and authenticate through Stanford University Access Control (SUNAC) to gain access to the systems and databases.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a remote access technology that creates a private encrypted connection over the Internet between a single host and Stanford's private network, SUNet.

Stanford's VPN allows you to connect to Stanford's network as if you were on campus, making access to restricted services possible. There are two types of VPN available:

  • Default Stanford (split-tunnel) allows access to anything at via the VPN connection but non-Stanford traffic flows normally on an unencrypted internet connection.
  • Full Traffic (non-split-tunnel) encrypts all internet traffic from your computer but may inadvertently block you from using resources on your local network, such as a networked printer at home. This also allows access to library journals as if you were on campus.


  • When using VPN, your off-campus computer is dynamically assigned a Stanford IP address to connect back to Stanford's network.
  • A Stanford IP address allows you access to Stanford's computing resources and certain campus services (e.g., departmental file and print servers).

Getting started

Select your operating system to see the VPN configuration instructions for your device:

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Last modified August 8, 2014