VPN and Off-Campus Access

How to install and use Swarthmore's VPN system

The Cisco Virtual Private Network client is the only way to connect to Swarthmore network resources such as shared network drives and Banner from off-campus. The Cisco client provides enhanced security over previous methods. It is strongly recommended that users of the built-in Windows or Macintosh VPN clients use the Cisco VPN client for their remote connections.

Note: VPN is not necessary to access Swarthmore library bibliographic databases; instead, connect to EZproxy (http://proxy.swarthmore.edu).

To use our New VPN Client:

  1. open a web browser, such as Firefox or Safari (highly recommend Firefox)
  2. go to http://swatvpn.swarthmore.edu
  3. on the login page, leave the group = "Swarthmore" and enter your userid and password
  4. click the Login button

The client will download and install within about one minute. It will start the VPN client and leave you logged in. (You may close the browser or go to another web page once the client has started).

When ready to quit the VPN session, open the minimized VPN client icon in the taskbar or the dock and select the End Session button. The VPN application will stay running until you exit from it. Once the client has been downloaded, there is no need to go back to the SwatVPN web page.

To use the VPN at a later time:

  • On a Mac: Open the Applications folder, click on the Cisco folder and select the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.
  • On Windows: Click on Start, Programs, Cisco, and select the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.
    By using VPN, you can connect to college servers as if you were on campus (see examples below).


Operating System Browsers
Windows 7 on x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) Internet Explorer 8.x
Firefox 3.x
Google Chrome 6.0 and 7.0
Windows Vista on x64 and x86 Internet Explorer 7.x and 8.x
Firefox 3.x
Google Chrome 6.0 and 7.0
Windows XP on x64 and x86 Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x-8.x
Firefox 3.x
Google Chrome 6.0 and 7.0
Apple: Mac OS X 10.4 — 10.6
(32-bit and and 64-bit)
Safari 3.x and 4.x
Firefox 3.x
Google Chrome 6.0 and 7.0
Linux Firefox 3.x

VPN On iPad/iPhone

Settings --> General --> Network --> VPN

  1. Click 'Add VPN Connection'.
  2. Click 'IPSec' at the top of the screen.
    Description: Swat VPN
    Server: swatvpn.swarthmore.edu
    Server address: swatvpn.swarthmore.edu
    Group Name: swarthmore.edu
    Shared Secret:c1sc0n3tw0rk
  3. Account: Swarthmore Username
    Password: Swarthmore Password


  • On a Mac: --> Go --> Connect to Server --> enter the server path to the resource you want to access (contact the helpdesk if you need a path to a specific server).
  • On a PC: --> Start --> Run --> enter the server path (see below for your K:\ drive).
Windows Users
A-C \\winshare.swarthmore.edu\home1$\your-username
D-H \\winshare.swarthmore.edu\home2$\your-username
I-L \\winshare.swarthmore.edu\home3$\your-username
M-R \\winshare.swarthmore.edu\home4$\your-username
S-Z \\winshare.swarthmore.edu\home5$\your-username


Swatmail allows you to access your e-mail from any computer connected to the Internet. ITS does not recommend configuring email programs such as Eudora, Outlook, Apple Mail, and/or Thunderbird on your personally-owned computer systems. ITS recommends accessing email from off-campus using swatmail.

Connect to Swatmail: https://swatmail.swarthmore.edu


Our web based client allows you to access your calendar. Login with your current Swarthmore network username and password from any computer with a connection to the internet.

Connect to Swatcal: https://swatmail.swarthmore.edu/zimbra/?app=calendar


Swatfiles is a new service provided by the college that allows students, faculty, and staff to save files and collaborate on documents. Users will be able to access their files at all times via the online interface. Swatfiles can also be used to create, edit, and share files and wikis with anyone on the Swarthmore network. Swatfiles can be accessed by following this link:

Connect to Swatfiles: https://swatfiles.swarthmore.edu

Access to Library Databases

Access Library databases and resources from any computer using EZProxy. Use your email username and password to login.

Try it out: https://proxy.swarthmore.edu/login