ITS offers VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to the campus network to all college employees. VPN software provides a secure connection between your remote computer and the network and allows your computer to function as if it were actually on campus.

It does not directly connect you to your College-provided computer, nor allow you to access files saved to your computer’s hard drive, however when you are working remotely, VPN allows you to access your shared network drives and some applications that can only be run when connected to the campus network. All Lafayette employees have VPN access, and must adhere to the Remote Access VPN Policy when using this service.

You may already have it

  • The Cisco AnyConnect client comes pre-installed on all College-provided Windows devices.

I'm a Student. Can I be granted access?

Students working with Faculty on research or on other College initiatives can be granted VPN access. Please have the Faculty or Administrator you are working with request your access through the Help Desk.

Installing the software

On my College-provided PC

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client comes pre-installed on all Faculty and Staff Windows computers. If you are unable to find it, you may follow the instructions to install the software From the web or contact the Help Desk for assistance.

On my College-provided Mac

You may install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN using the Managed Software Center currently installed on your device.

On my College-provided mobile device or personal mobile device

To install the software on your mobile device, simply search for “AnyConnect” in your app store and install it.

From the web

If you are using a personal device, Linux, or are otherwise unable to find/install the software using the aforementioned methods, you may install it from the web.

  1. Open a web browser, and navigate to https://vpn.lafayette.edu. Login using your Lafayette NetID and password.The site will attempt to download and install the software using ActiveX or Java (depending on your browser).If the automatic installation fails, you will be presented with an option to manually install the software. Click the link presented under “Install using link below:” to begin the download.
  2. Once the download is complete, run the installer. Depending on your platform, may be prompted to enter your computer password or accept click Yes to run the installer.
  3. Follow the prompts during the installation. No changes to the defaults are necessary.

It's installed, Now what?

Connecting to the VPN

Open the application. In Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms, you will be prompted to enter the address of the VPN. On an iOS or Android device, you will be prompted to “Add a new connection.” In either case, you will be using vpn.lafayette.edu as the server address.

  1. On Windows, macOS, and Linux, enter the address and click [Connect].
    On an iOS or Android device, save your new connection and [Connect].
  2. When prompted, enter your Lafayette NetID and Password and click [OK].
  3. If successful, you will be presented with a prompt describing you access type, simply click [Accept].

I'm connected. Where are my network shares?

Network shares are only connected automatically when connected to the Lafayette network during the login process.

If you need to connect your to your Samba shares, please visit Accessing Lafayette file shares.