VPN

We provide a way to access the ETH campus network from outside the ETH. This is a requirement to access several IT services from outside ETH locations (i.e. when you are connected to the network of an external university, a hotel WiFi network or telecommunication provider network). The technique behind that is called VPN and stands for Virtual Private Network.

Please note, after you have established a VPN tunnel all network traffic (also access to non-ETH sites) from and towards your laptop will be looped trough the ETH network.

Follow these steps to access the VPN tunnel: 

Realms and login names

Realm Network name Login name
for students  /student-net <username>@student-net.ethz.ch
for employees and longterm guests /staff-net <username>@staff-net.ethz.ch

If you are not sure to which realm you belong, you can check it here https://realms.ethz.ch/

Password: The network password which is also used for Wifi connection

VPN on managed devices

The Cisco AnyConnect Client is already installed. You can find it by clicking the Windows key and type “cisco” to locate it.
If you use macOS you will find it trough Spotlight type “cisco” to locate it.

VPN on unmanaged and private computers

You can click on the link
https://sslvpn.ethz.ch

to install Cisco AnyConnect Client. If the automatic installation doesn’t start, you can click on the link to the manual installation in the installation window.

Start and Connect Cisco AnyConnect Client

When you start the Client for the first time you may have to fill in the server address. Type “sslvpn.ethz.ch/<realm>” and click “connect”

In the login window type your nethz username@<realm> and the network password and click “ok”.


Note: You need permission to the vpn service to be able to login.

When you have connected successfully, the window closes and you can see the Cisco AnyConnect icon in the notification area in the lower right corner:

Stop and Disconnect Cisco AnyConnect Client

To disconnect from the VPN network you can click on the icon within the start menu entry mentioned above.

Just click Disconnect to disconnect your laptop from the VPN and campus network.

Further instructions