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Title:
VPN: Configuration settings for Mac OS X
Synopsis:
Virtual Private Networking (VPN): Mac OS X configuration settings


Solution:

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) can be used to access Princeton-specific resources from off-campus. Older Mac OS X versions 10.2 through 10.6 have built-in VPN capability. For more current details regarding VPN and configuration settings instructions for other operating systems, including Mac OS 10.7, see Virtual Private Networking (VPN): Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need only to access Princeton Library online resources and the VPN client is not functioning, try using the Library EZproxy service.

Mac OS X v10.5 through 10.6
To make a VPN connection to Princeton University using Mac OS X v10.5 or 10.6, follow the steps below:

  • From the Apple menu, select System Preferences
  • Select Network
  • Click the "+" on the left side to add a new connection. If the "+" is grayed out click on the lock and enter the administrator password
  • Change the Interface to VPN
  • Change the VPN Type to PPTP
  • Enter an understandable name such as "Princeton VPN" as the Service Name
  • Enter "vpn.princeton.edu" for the Server Address
  • Enter your own University netID in the Account name field (or if necessary, princeton\netID for the Account Name)
  • Click Authentication Settings and in the menu that pops up enter your University password
  • Check the box "Show VPN status in menu bar". This will put an Internet Connect icon in your Desktop menu bar in order to have ready access to your VPN connection when necessary.
  • Click Apply
  • Click Connect

Note: If you are able to VPN, but are unable to access Library Resources, do the following:

  • In System Preferences, choose Network
  • Highlight VPN connection
  • Click Advanced
  • Under Options, ensure "Send all traffic over VPN connection" is checked
  • Under TCP/IP, ensure Configure IPv6 is set to Off
  • Click OK
  • Click the gear icon at lower left and select Set Service Order from the drop-down menu.
  • Drag the VPN connection to the top of the service order.
  • For more detailed information about Mac OS X network configuration, see http://www.net.princeton.edu/mac/network-config-x-10.6

Mac OS X v. 10.3 or 10.4
To make a VPN connection to Princeton University using Mac OS X v10.3, follow the steps below:

  • Open the "Internet Connect" application, which by default is in your Applications folder
  • Click the VPN icon in the toolbar
  • Select 'PPTP' as the type of VPN connection
  • Enter "vpn.princeton.edu" for the Server Address
  • Enter your own University netID in the User name field (or if necessary, princeton\NetID for the User name)
  • Enter your University password
  • Check the box "Show VPN status in the menu bar." This will put an Internet Connect icon in your Desktop menu bar in order to have ready access to your VPN connection when necessary.
  • Click Connect.


Mac OS X v10.2
To make a VPN connection to Princeton University using Mac OS X v10.2, follow the steps below:

  • Open the "Internet Connect" application
  • From the File menu, select "New VPN Connection"
  • Enter "vpn.princeton.edu" for the Server Address
  • Enter "princeton\NetID" for the User name, substituting your own University netID
  • Enter your University password


For more detailed information regarding the Apple VPN client, see Network Systems' Mac OS X Network Configuration page. Please note that versions of Mac OS previous to 10.2 had no built-in VPN client.

Last Updated:
August 7, 2014

Solution ID:
9278