Touch and school VPNs

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  1. Ingach

    Ingach New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    Sorry if this has been posted before - I did a quick search of the forums and didn't find anything exactly related to what I'm about to talk about.

    I'm considering buying an iPod Touch (after seeing my sister get one for Christmas!) but I need to know if it will work on my school network, or else it is worthless to me. I go to school at George Washington University, and their wireless uses a VPN connection. YES, I know the Touch supports three different kinds of VPN connections. However, I'm not sure if I will be able to connect, even if the VPN connection is supported. I use VPN on my laptop, and it makes me download a program called Juniper Network Connect when I connect wirelessly. Does anyone else have to ues this same program? Will the Touch support it? I've already emailed student tech to see if it does, but have yet to receive a response / am not sure if they know.

    Thanks in advance!
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    umm do you mean like wifi i am thinking you could if theres a password you will have to enter it on your ipod to get wifi if thats what your looking for?
  3. Gamma

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    I'm not sure. Maybe your should borrow your sister's iPod and try it out.
  4. Ingach

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    It IS WiFi, but it's a special type of connection called VPN.

    Hacked, I would borrow it, but I can't bring her iPod down to my school when I leave

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    That guy is actually able to sync his iPhone to a SSL VPN connection. I thought iPhones and iPod touches could only connect to PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec VPNs. I'm not really familiar with these different types of VPNs, or even if SSL is another kind of VPN or what..
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    I guess I didn't read through all of it

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    Yeah, I guess it might work.
    You should probably search a little more though. Google is your friend

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  8. Ingach

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    Trust me, been googling like craaazy.

    Conceivably, I should be able to connect to my school's VPN through my own house's internet connection, correct? I'm just a little confused because my school's WiFi uses VPN.. that is, if I went on the Touch and hit WiFi, the school's wireless network would pop up (like on my laptop) -- but if I try connecting to it, my laptop uses Juniper Network Connect (a VPN program) to actually connect to the wireless.

    Would I have to use WiFi, VPN, or both on a Touch to connect to the internet? Ugh, I'm beginning to confuse myself.
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    First you connect to the school's network through WiFi.
    Then you turn VPN on.
    Without VPN, you are only in your school's network, no internet is available.
    You should ask your school what exact hardware is providing VPN.
    Not every hardware supports the iPod Touch / iPhone.

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