The VPN provides GW faculty, staff, and students with seamless, integrated access to all electronic resources. Users must have a GW UserID to use the VPN.
To login from off-campus, users must know their GW UserID and the associated password. GW's Identity and Access Management:
Download and install the VPN client, following the instructions on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) page managed by GW IT.
Connecting to the VPN
For additional information, go to GW Information Technology: Software.
What is VPN?
The GW VPN is a network that you can connect to using a program on your computer or mobile device to provide off-campus access to GW resources. VPN allows your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus and therefore allows you to access most databases, e-texts, and e-journals without additional logins.
How do I download the VPN client?
To download the VPN client (the program that connects your computer to the VPN), access the Virtual Private Network (VPN) page managed by GW IT.
How do I login to VPN?
Follow the instructions below to log in to the Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN
The GW profile is included by default when you install the client.
If it is missing, enter the following in the box under Portal: gwvpn.gwu.edu
Click Connect and follow any prompts to log on through the GW single sign-on page (UserID@gwu.edu + password).
If you are already logged in to another service, the single sign-on page may not appear.
Do I need to download and install software to use VPN?
Yes. GW IT provides links and step-by-step instructions to help you download and install the VPN client.
Can I use the VPN on my phone or iPad/tablet?
Yes - you can install the Palo Alto GlobalProtect app to your device. Instructions for setting up the GlobalProtect app are available via Himmelfarb Library's App Shelf.
I have a copy of an older VPN which I downloaded to my computer. Will it still work?
The Cisco AnyConnect VPN was retired on August 8, 2023. Since that date, the Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN is the only client that works with the GW network.
How can I access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals using VPN ?
GW's VPN works by allowing your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus. Therefore, after logging into the VPN, you can access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals directly from the Himmelfarb Library website without any additional logins.
I'm using VPN but can't get into Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals or the GW network. What should I do?
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Which browsers and operating systems work with VPN?
The VPN is not browser dependent. You should be able to use any web browser available on your computer.
I'm having trouble accessing or running VPN. Who can I contact for assistance?