VPN client

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For connecting to the FH network from home, a VPN ("Virtual Private Network") connection is neccessary. A VPN creates an encrypted "tunnel" to the target network. As a result, your own computer thinks that it is part of the target network.

Operating systems like Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS support their own VPN protocols. However, these cannot be used to connect to the FH JOANNEUM network - you will need a VPN client that is compatible to the "Cisco IP-Sec" protocol. On Windows and OS X, you can use the Cisco AnyConnect Client. For Linux, there is a plugin for the Network Manager, see below.

Cisco AnyConnect Client

To install the Cisco AnyConnect Client, just visit this address in your web browser:

  1. This page offers the correct version of the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for Windows and OS X. To continue, just download and install the client. For Android, the AnyConnect Client is available on the Play Store.
  2. After installing the Client, launch it.
  3. Connect to vpn.fh-joanneum.at, enter your FH username and password, then wait until the connection was established. (The client might update itself when trying to connect. Just try to connect after it's done.)


For a successful FH VPN connection, an additional plugin for the Network Manager (for Debian-based distros, e.g. Ubuntu or Mint) is needed. This is how you install it:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. sudo apt-get install network-manager-openconnect network-manager-openconnect-gnome
  3. Click your network tray icon, VPN Connections -> Configure VPN...
  4. Create a new "Cisco AnyConnect compatible (openconnect)" connection.
  5. Gateway: vpn.fh-joanneum.at

Now you can establish the VPN connection via the network tray icon. FH username and password will be asked upon connecting. Access to servers like Mars now works like always via the SMB protocol.