For remote access you need...
1. Client for the VPN connection
Here you can find installation instructions for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, iOS and Android.
2. Server address
VPN for students: vpn-stud.uni-konstanz.de
VPN for employees: vpn.uni-konstanz.de
Note: Students who have already installed the VPN client before April 1, 2020 must enter the new server address: vpn-stud.uni-konstanz.de
3. Account of the University of Konstanz
You need an account with us (first name.surname + password).
Remote access is the capability to integrate any external computer into the university network. The university network includes all computers that are physically located on the university campus and are connected to each other. In order to integrate your external computer (e.g. at home) into this network, you will need to establish a remote access connection.
This connection works via VPN (Virtual Private Network) and verifies your university membership. You are thus required to have an account with us. Once your membership has been authenticated, your computer will receive a university IP address and will act as if it was a computer physically located on campus.
When would I need remote access?
In particular, this includes e-books, electronic journals, access to the library's subject databases, which may not be freely available for licensing reasons.
Some of the university’s websites and services are only available for computers in the university network. This is especially the case with e-books, electronic journal articles and the library’s subject-specific databases, where our licensing agreements limit access. Sometimes individual pages for lecturers, which include teaching materials and information, or certain SSH protocols are only accessible from the university network. Remote access allows you to go around this barrier and temporarily make any computer part of the university network. As a result, you can access our subject-specific databases from home and use services otherwise available only through the university network . As a student, you can thus have the same access to important services and information from your own home.
Please note: a VPN connection is not required to use our email or webmail services!