Remote access & VPN

For copyright reasons, most electronic resources (databases and journals) can only be consulted within the UGent computer network.

Off-campus access is easy through Athena.

Just login to Athena and use one of the included internet browsers, you will have the same capabilities as inside the library or in your office. If you want to know more, consult DICT Helpdesk.

Alternatively, you could set up VPN, which is a very complete tool for internet security.

  • VPN requires the installation of a dedicated piece of software on your PC. It might also necessitate a change of password. Both preliminary steps need to be conducted from within the UGent network.
  • Known issues are explained at the VPN FAQ.
  • If you have a firewall or antivirus software installed, it is possible that it has not been configured to cooperate well with VPN. In that case, you will get an error message even before the verification of your log-in and password. Turn off the firewall/antivirus and try setting up the VPN connection without. After that, you can adjust the firewall/antivirus settings.
  • Software that relies heavily on internet connections, such as Skype, can be impacted when using a VPN connection. Consider quitting this type of application before establishing a VPN connection.