We have seen an increasing number of smart phones and tablet devices on campus. Within ITS we are often testing various devices to ensure that our services work properly on them. We often come across interesting or useful applications and like to share these with you.
At PSU we use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for some services. The solution we use on campus is called Juniper. For example, the VPN makes it possible for a faculty member to connect to their departmental share drive from home, and for PSU to send and receive information from USNH. These services have traditionally been limited to computer use only.
Juniper makes a mobile application called Junos Pulse. This free app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. This allows people who traditionally use the VPN to access information on their computers to branch out and also access the same information on their tablet or smart phone devices.
When you launch the app you’ll be asked to add a connection. You can give it a name if you would like, and then the url you need is https://vpn.plymouth.edu. You don’t need to fill in any other field. Once you save your settings, you can touch the connect button, and a window will pop up looking for your username and password.
Once you’ve launched the VPN, you can leave the app and continue on using your secure connection. When you are ready to disconnect, simply go back to the app and touch the disconnect button.
Many of us within ITS use Junos Pulse as our mobile VPN client and hopefully you will find it useful as well.