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Access to the UP network via VPN

The VPN service allows you to access the UP computer network from almost any place in the world just as fully as if the user was on the UP premises. It allows access to databases and other information systems, the use of which is, for licensing or security reasons, limited to the UP address space. During the connection, the safety of the transmitted content is ensured by encrypting. VPN puts the remote guests behind a firewall, which gives them the same rights and opportunities as if they were on the UP premises, e.g., inside the faculty building.

How does VPN work?

Your computer establishes a connection with the university VPN server, which verifies your credentials. A special kind of so-called tunnel connection is then established between your computer and the server. In this connection all the data that are browsed are encrypted and therefore protected against eavesdropping during transmission. Our server decrypts incoming data and passes them on. Secure data transmission is one of the indisputable advantages of VPN. During the VPN connection, your computer uses an IP address which is assigned from our address space. From the outside, it looks as if your computer is directly connected to our network.

Assigned IP addresses

The UP computer network uses the address space from to (Class B address). If you connect through VPN, your computer gets an IP address which will begin with the digits 158.194. x.x.

What can VPN be used for?

  • access to the electronic information resources prepaid by UP
  • running a client in SAP or STAG
  • access to university e-mail using a mail client
  • access to the MS network (possibility of using a shared printer, network drives…)
  • protected, encrypted access to resources in our network

What must I do before I join?

  1. Be informed about the rules of the use of computer networks, which are described in the Rector´s Directive No. B3-11/14-SR. When using VPN services you automatically become a part of our network, and therefore it is necessary to know your rights and obligations. This Directive is binding for any network user.

  2. Have a secure computer (installed and updated anti-virus software, downloaded and installed Windows patches). Any poorly secured computer connected to the UP network (even through VPN) poses a risk not only for its user, but also for others. An infected computer can be used for attacks on other computers.

  3. To get your credentials to connect to VPN

    NAME: You can use your Portal ID.

    Students can find their Portal ID in Contacts at Employees can get their Portal ID from the network administrator.

    PASSWORD: You can create your own password for the VPN connection. After logging into the university website, go to the Main Menu – Edit My Profile – Change the password for WiFi, LAN, and VPN.

  4. Set up the network connection to VPN at your computer according to the instructions for your operating system.
Last update: 03. 12. 2015, Daniel Arely