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Center for Cell Analysis & Modeling

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Remote Access

VPN Connection to the UCHC LAN

To use our free VPN service: •you must have a CAM domain account •Open a web browser to and enter your CAM username and CAM password •Once connected download and install the client. Future connections should use this downloaded client which will be automatically updated For assistance, please contact us.

What is VPN?

VPN stands for 'Virtual Private Network' and it is a secure, encrypted, protocol that connects a remote computer from anywhere in the world to an institutional network via the Internet, as through a 'shielded tunnel'. When connected via VPN, the remote computer behaves and appears as if it would be physically present on the institutional network. There are two obvious advantages of such a VPN connection to the UCHC LAN:

  • the remote computer can access any UCHC computer directly, including computers that are behind the UConn Health firewall (most regular UConn Health office and lab computers fall in this category), through regular network sharing mechanisms (e.g. Windows networking and Appletalk)
  • the remote computer can access various sites on the Internet that are restricted to UConn Health computers (for example websites of scientific journals to which the UConn Health library subscribes)

The VPN service provided is free of charge.


Research DMZ and Remote Login Servers
CCAM hosts an external research network (the Research DMZ) with direct connection to the Internet to facilitate collaborations and data transfers such that work conducted via the Research DMZ will not impact the UCHC network. Web hosting and other services are available on this network including:
  • Login servers for various clusters to allow users to submit/monitor jobs without the need to use the VPN server
  • Virtual Desktop PC's are available via the Research DMZ
  • Custom Virtual Machines can be configured to use this network to facilitate collaborations
  • Data transfers via the Research DMZ can be accomplished in a number of ways. Depending upon the needs of the researcher, we will work to assist in developing an appropriate method to satisfy the particular need