How to connect to Mahidol VPN from home
Friday 7 January 2011 2 Comments
Yesterday I was so glad to know that my dear Mahidol University provides VPN connection to MU staffs and students. I’m not sure exactly when MU did it. However, it does not matter though. Thing that does matter is “Mahidol VPN is here and it’s ready to use!”
Until yesterday I had only 2 ways to download journals that the university subscribes: 1) connecting to the internet using computer in Mahidol campuses, 2) using Mahidol “ejournal service”. Former choice is so tiring (consider I have to carry my 4-kilogram notebook to the campus which is 20 km far away from my home, otherwise I have to wait for an available computer in the library). Latter is unreliable and inconvenient because I have to click link, link, …, and link from Stang Library website to the journal databases whose search functions are freakingly bad. But these nightmares are the past. VPN (Virtual Private Network) will surely save my days. That means I can “virtually” have an access to the journals via Mahidol network itself. Then I can download full articles from every journal that the university subscribes (which is not so many but it usually covers several useful ones).
How to connect to Mahidol VPN is as follows (I tested with Ubuntu Linux + Firefox web browser. It worked flawlessly. Other operating systems and web browsers should be fine too.)
1. Go to https://vpn.mahidol.ac.th/. The welcome page is simple and straightforward. Type in your student/staff username and password.
2. You will be redirected to another page. Click “Start” button in the page.
3. The dialog windows will pop up, asking for the installation permission. Just click “Yes” or “Always” because Mahidol VPN program is necessary in order to connect to the VPN. The program is JAVA-based so you need to have JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE) installed in your computer. If you don’t have JAVA installed, go to http://www.java.com/en/download/. Download and install it first. For Ubuntu and other Linux OS, install using your distro’s package manager.
(Thanks to its JAVA-based, it should run on any operating systems. Mahidol IT guys have done a very good job.)
For Linux users, you have to type your sudo or su password (don’t worry it will not harm your system).
4. Once the VPN is downloaded and installed, you are connected Mahidol VPN. Congrats. Easy as pie, right?
There will be a new windows telling your session information, e.g., your assigned IP address, data sent/received, duration, etc. Keep in mind that your session will last only 3 hours. After 3 hours past, the session will be expired and you have to reconnect again. Besides, if your connection is idle for 30 minutes, it will also be cut off automatically.
5. It’s not finished yet. At this step, you are now connectig to Mahidol Network via VPN. You can browse and visit only Mahidol Intranet webpages. You have to config the proxy in your web browser before you can go to other websites.
In Firefox, click Menu > Preferences. In Preferences window, go to tab Advanced > Network and click “Setting” button.
Select “Automatic proxy configuration URL:”. Type http://proxy.mahidol/ in the blank. Then click OK.
Try visiting other website, for example, http://www.google.com. The authentication window will pop up. Type in your student/staff username and password. FINISHED. You’re done!
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