University of California, Riverside

Virtual Private Networking




UCR offers secure remote access to UCR resources using Virtual Private Network technology. You can think of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as a secure data tunnel between your computer (either at home or while traveling) and the UCR and other resource networks. UCR offers three different types of VPN service: Cisco's AnyConnect Client VPN, Smart-Tunnel VPN, and WebVPN. The three services are aimed at different usages, and offer different primary benefits. VPN Services are available to students, staff, and faculty in the UCR community.

AnyConnect VPN

UCR offers Cisco's AnyConnect client VPN.  This is the preferred method of accessing UCR resources remotely. AnyConnect establishes a secure tunnel between the user's computer and the campus network with no configuration required by the user. This connection gives access to university computing resources, including those not available through a browser, from off-campus. AnyConnect has the advantage of being able to be utilized in all access situations (such as non web-based resources). For more information on installing the AnyConnect client VPN software please visit the "More information on using AnyConnect VPN" page for detailed instructions or contact the help desk.


UCR offers Cisco's Smart-Tunnel technology. The "Smart Tunnel" is an extension of the WebVPN and is available for use on PCs running Windows and Macintosh operating systems. This feature allows browsers to access websites through the WebVPN as if the PC was on campus without the need for additional software. This does however, require Java or ActiveX to be installed and running. Unlike using the browser located inside the WebVPN portal, this feature requires that a new tab or window be opened on the browser to be utilized. For more information on using the Smart-Tunnel technology, please visit the "More information on using Smart-Tunnel" page for detailed instructions or contact the help desk.


Computing & Communications and the UCR Libraries have collaborated to offer WebVPN as a lightweight access solution for users off-campus. WebVPN allows student, faculty, and staff users to access web-based resources through a secure browser session, as if they were on campus. Importantly, WebVPN does not require the installation of any client software. This makes it ideal for use on public computers, or for users who cannot install software on the computer at hand. Because of some limitations, Computing & Communications recommends WebVPN only in situations where AnyConnect is not possible. Please note as well, that WebVPN does not allow access to non-web-based resources, and does not work with some web-based resources. For more information on using WebVPN, please visit the "More information on using WebVPN" page for detailed instructions or contact the help desk.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing Support Services
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-3555
Fax: (951) 827-4541 (Faculty & Staff) (Students)