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Remote Network Access

VPN, Virtual Private Network, allows you to remotely connect to Princeton’s private network in a secure manner. By connecting to the Princeton network virtually, you are able to access Princeton’s information resources while being protected through existing network security tools, such as the firewall. You then have secure, authenticated remote access to Princeton services while keeping Princeton’s resources safe.

How do I use the VPN?

Princeton faculty, staff, and students can use the VPN service called SRA, Secure Remote Access. You need to use the application SonicWALL Mobile Connect in order to connect to SRA. When you no longer need the VPN connection, you can “Quit” or “Disconnect” from the application.

How do I install it?

Learn how to configure your SRA connection depending on your operating system.

Why is it important to use the VPN?

VPN ensures that your information, as well as Princeton’s, is delivered to you in a secure fashion through the use of firewall rules. Firewall restricts the greater public from accessing Princeton’s servers, which protects them and the information that they contain from unwanted traffic (i.e., the internet and hackers).

Why should I use the VPN?

VPN will allow you to access Princeton specific services. If you are dealing with sensitive information related to Princeton in a public space (e.g., while traveling or using Wi-Fi in an airport or café), VPN will provide you with additional security.

Where can I go for additional help?

If you have a problem with VPN, contact the OIT Support and Operations Center. Call 258-HELP or email

Like a building’s firewall that is designed to prevent the spread of fire from one part of a building to another, a network firewall serves a similar purpose by preventing “bad” network traffic from reaching the network. It’s a network device that is designed to keep out undesirable and potentially dangerous network traffic.