Connecting from Off-Campus

The Robinson Music Library and CWRU Libraries provide access to a variety of online resources that may be used from any campus-networked computer. Any person who has a CWRU ID, including CIM faculty, students, and staff, may also access these resources from off-campus.

CWRU facilitates off-campus access through the VPN Client. This program is available to those who have an activated CWRU ID. Please see below for step-by-step instructions on how to set up VPN on your device.

    CWRU VPN Setup

    Note: Full setup of the CWRU VPN requires use of both a mobile device and a computer/tablet. Please follow both parts of the instructions below.

    VPN Basics

    The VPN (Virtual Private Network) through CWRU is the essential tool for accessing IP-based library subscription resources from outside of the authorized networks. While wired and wireless connections on campus (except CaseGuest wireless) will allow patrons login-free access, you must use the VPN off campus or from home.

    CWRU provides access to all of the pertinent setup tools through vpnsetup.case.edu. There are two basic components to the VPN setup: The Cisco AnyConnect client (downloaded to the computer/device) and the DuoMobile Security App (downloaded to a phone or alternate device).

    VPN can be set up on PCs (Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, or Linux), Macs (OS X 10.6-10.11), and mobile devices—phones, tablets, etc.—through the use of the separate AnyConnect app from the respective app stores.

    Steps for Setup Part 1: Computer Setup
    1. Make sure you are connected through CaseGuest wireless network.
    2. Go to vpnsetup.case.edu — on here, you will need to download/setup two pieces of software: Cisco AnyConnect (download to computer) and the DuoMobile Security (download to a phone).
    3. Start with the AnyConnect. Select your operating system from the dropdown list in the center of the page and download the client. Follow installation steps for your individual machine.
    4. Next, click on Duo Security: Two-Factor Authentication under 'What's New' on the VPN setup page (or go to https://webapps.case.edu/duo/webauth.py). Follow the setup instructions for 'New Phone' toward the bottom of the page.
    5. Launch AnyConnect on your laptop. In the open field, type vpn.case.edu and click "Connect".
    6. Here, you will enter their CaseID (login ID & password).
    7. The second password field will be filled in by the DuoMobile app. When the app is launched, click on the key icon and the app will provide you with a unique 6-digit code. This code only lasts 10 minutes before it will need to be reissued.
    8. Verify the connection by testing a subscription database such as Grove Online through our library website.
    Steps for Setup Part 2: Mobile Device/Tablet Setup
    1. Make sure you are connected through CaseGuest wireless network.
    2. Through your App Store, you will need to download/setup two apps: Cisco AnyConnect and the Duo Mobile Security.
    3. Start with the Duo Mobile App. On a computer, access the Duo Security Setup page (http://www.case.edu/its/information-security/duo/) Follow the setup instructions for 'New Phone' toward the bottom of the page to link your app to your CWRU account.
    4. Launch the AnyConnect app. Click on ‘Connections’, and add the CWRU VPN. (Name- CWRU VPN; Server Address: vpn.case.edu).
    5. Return to the initial screen and toggle the switch next to AnyConnect VPN. You will be prompted for your login information.
    6. Here, enter your CaseID (login ID & password for your e-mail).
    7. The second password field will be filled in by the Duo Mobile app. When the app is launched, click on the key icon and the app will provide you with a unique 6-digit code. This code only lasts 5 minutes before it will need to be reissued.
    8. Verify the connection by testing a subscription database such as Grove Online through our library website.
    Tips & Tricks
    • When you are logged into CaseGuest (the open wireless network), you will be unable to utilize the online subscription resources. This network is not authorized through IP address access. VPN must be used for subscription databases. This will be the default network most users' equipment will log onto.
    • CaseWireless is the secured network (requiring patrons to log in with their Case ID and password). This network allows users access to subscription databases without the VPN. The VPN will not work if the patron is already logged into CaseWireless (the authorized network).
    • A great way to check your connection to see if it is authorized is to use library.case.edu, Kelvin Smith's website. There is an icon at the very bottom left of the page that will show red if the connection is not authorized (non-VPN CaseGuest) or green if it is authorized (CaseWireless or CaseGuest+VPN).
    • DuoMobile CAN be installed on the same device as the AnyConnect client, but this will diminish the security value of the software.
    • For additional information on mobile device setup, consult the CWRU LibGuide for mobile setup.