What is a VPN?

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public internet network. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks (off campus) as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network (on-campus), and thus benefit from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network (on-campus).  A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption.

In other words it puts your computer on the Smith network from anywhere in the world.

What is Pulse Secure?

Pulse Secure is a client application that connects your device to the Smith VPN service (https://vpn.smith.edu/).  Once installed, the client provides connectivity to the VPN directly without the need to open a web browser and log in.   The Pulse client/app is available for download below for Windows and Macintosh, and for mobile devices via the Apple App Store for iOS, Google Play Store for Android, or the Windows Store for Windows 10 or Windows Phone. Please see Smith College ITS TARA page on VPN for additional instructions.

Setup and Installation
Once the client is installed (choose all default install options) launch Pulse Secure

On the main screen select the “+” to add a new site and fill in data as shown here and click “Add”


Once added you should see “Smith VPN” in your list of sites.


Highlight “Smith VPN” and click “Connect”


Type in your username and password and connect to the Smith network!