How do I set up my computer to use Aber VPN? (Windows 7)

You can set up your computer for Aber VPN quickly and easily by letting us do it for you:
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  • This will not affect your broadband connection at home.
  • If you use a browser other than Internet Explorer you will need to check it is set up correctly so it can use the University web proxy system ( Chrome / Firefox / Safari)

or

you can manually configure your Aber VPN connection using the following instructions.

  • Go to Start and Control Panel
  • Select Network and Internet
  • Select Network and Sharing Center
  • Click on Set up a new connection or network
  • This should start the Network Connection wizard
  • Select Connect to a workplace and click Next
    Screen shot of VPN settings window on the set up a connection or network option
  • Select No, create a new connection and click Next
  • Click Use my Internet Connection (VPN)
    Screen shot of How do you want to connect on the connect to a workplace window
  • If prompted Do you want to set up an Internet connection before continuing?, click I'll set up an Internet connection later
  • Enter the Internet Address as vpn.aber.ac.uk and Destination name Aber VPN .
  • Tick the box Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later . Click Next
    Screen shot of VPN settings on the conect to a workplace window
  • You will be prompted for your University user name and your email password. Select to Remember this password
    Screen shot of VPN settings on the conect to a workplace window asking for a username and password
  • From the final page click Create
  • You will see a message telling you the connection is ready to use
  • Close this window
  • In the Network and Sharing Center choose Connect to a network
  • Right click on the Aber VPN connection
  • Select Properties from the menu which appears
    Screen shot of the Network and Sharing center with the Connect to a network tab open
  • Choose the Networking tab
  • Where it says This Network uses the following items click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP/IPv4)
    Screen shot of VPN Properties on the networking tab
  • Choose Properties
  • Click on Advanced
  • Choose the DNS tab
  • Where its says DNS suffix for this connection add in aber.ac.uk
    Screen shot of Advanced TCP/IP settings on the DNS tab
  • Click OK and OK and OK
  • You must then set up your computer to use the webcache ( How do I do that? ). If you do not do this your VPN connection will not work properly.
  • To use VPN you will need to connect to the Internet using your ISP first
  • Go to the Network and Sharing Center and click on the Connect to a network
  • Choose Aber VPN and click Connect
    Screen shot of the connection button for the VPN
  • Click Connect on the login window (this may take some time the first time you connect)
    Screen shot of the login window
  • Once you have connected you should see Aber VPN listed as part of the Connections: list
    Screen shot of the Connections list in the Network and Sharing Center

In addition:

  • You must ensure your computer is secure from virus attacks, hacking and spyware (How do I do that?)