What is a VPN?
The short answer:
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows your computer to behave as if it is connected directly to the LSE network enabling you to remotely access H: space, U: space, the departmental storage area, your LSE email using Outlook, and certain other LSE resources (Access has been restricted to some servers and all desktops).
A longer answer:
A VPN provides a secure way to access network resources over the Internet or other public or private networks and allows you to connect to a remote network and become a node on that network. VPNs use tunnelling, encryption, authentication, and access control over a public network for security.
Although you are using a public network to connect to the Internet, when you connect to the LSE VPN, your connection inherits some characteristics of the LSE network, hence the "Virtual" Private Network.
Using a VPN connection
It is necessary to use a VPN connection to access H:Space and U:Space and other LSE resources from off campus.
Follow the instructions from the links below to create your LSE VPN connection and the shortcut on your desktop. Connect to the internet as usual using dial-up or broadband.
When you need to connect to your H:Space, U:Space, or to use Outlook or the LSE address book, double click the shortcut on your desktop, enter your LSE username and password and click the Connect button.
Once connected, a new icon will appear in the system tray in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop.
To disconnect from the LSE VPN connection, right click on the new connection icon and select Disconnect. You will remain connected to the Internet through your normal connection.
The VPN connection will route all of your network traffic through the LSE network unless you deselect the default gateway. If some of your other applications behave differently or your Internet connection becomes very slow, close all of your LSE files and emails, disconnect from the VPN and try your other applications again. If this resolves the problem, only connect to the VPN when working on LSE documents or mail.
Creating your VPN connection:
Accessing H: space and U: space
Information on connecting to your personal file storage and web pages on the LSE network