Virtual Private Network is a system that protects data connections, allowing computers to securely connect to one another over a private local area network (LAN). Unauthorized users are denied access to VPN-secured messages (voice, video, or data) by the use of encryption and authentication, ensuring that only the sender and the intended recipient know what is being sent.
The following topics are covered on this page:
Although many VPN tools exist that will connect to the UHVPN network, the software currently supported by University Information Technology is Cisco VPN 3000 from Cisco Systems, Inc. Customers interested in this software need to download the appropriate installer from the UH Software Site
If downloading VPN from off-campus, you will need your Cougar Card
to confirm your identity with the UIT Support Center and to receive a password. The IT Support Center can be reached at 713-743-1411, or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Disable all anti-virus software before installing the VPN Software (restarting the computer will re-enable the anti-virus software).
Below are VPN installation documents. Select the document appropriate for your operating system.
Setting Up VPN
Below are links to Get Help documents that will walk you through the set-up process.
64-Bit Windows and VPN
Your CougarNet Account
To log into VPN you will need a CougarNet account. If you already have a CougarNet account, for the user name put in cougarnet\$userid$
where $userid$ is your CougarNet user name. The password will be your CougarNet password. If you do not have a CougarNet account, you will need to get one. To obtain an account you can call 713-743-1411, send email to email@example.com
, or come to Tech Commons, room 56 (basement of the MD Anderson Library). You will need your Cougar Card to confirm your identity and receive the account.
Connecting Using VPN
You will be able to connect to the UH network using VPN with any type of Internet connection, including cable, DSL, and dialup.
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