A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network, typically the internet. The VPN service of ETH is provided by ITS.

There are two main advantages of using the VPN service when not at the campus:

  • All communication between the end device and the ETH network is encrypted. When using VPN it is therefore safe to use it over insecure internet connections such as coffee shop or public networks at conferences.
  • The IP address is behind the ETH firewall, which grants access to services and websites that cannot be reached from the internet.


The recommended client software for VPN at ETH is AnyConnect - installation instructions for the common operating systems can be found here.

The recommended native client for Linux ist the open-source software OpenConnect.
sudo openconnect -u login_name@student-net.ethz.ch --useragent=AnyConnect -g student-net sslvpn.ethz.ch

Links from ETH IT Services

Page URL: https://isg.inf.ethz.ch/bin/view/Main/ServicesNetworkVPN
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