Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Staff and students of the HTW Dresden have the possibility, via any Internet access (e.g., a privately used DSL connection or a public WLAN) to secure access to the network area of ​​the HTW with a so-called VPN (Virtual Private Network).

This VPN access allows access to network resources of the HTW, which otherwise can only be accessed within the HTW (e.g., via workstations, PC laboratories or eduroam). It also gives users access to some external HTW services and databases available for HTW students and staff.

VPN requires a special software on the user's device, which is called a VPN client. The VPN client first authenticates the user with a login and password and then creates a connection between the HTW and the terminal through which all data is encrypted. This connection is called a "VPN Tunnel".

VPN download

The VPN client used at the HTW is "Cisco AnyConnect".

You can download Cisco AnyConnect for Windows, macOS and Linux (64bit only) in the internal area after successful authentication using the HTW login and password.

[Translate to English:] Logo Cisco

Installation instructions

The VPN client used at the HTW is "Cisco AnyConnect". Detailed setup instructions are available:

Furthermore, "Cisco AnyConnect" for mobile platforms is, until further notice, also not supported by the IT Service Centre:


The unofficial open source VPN client "Open Connect" for Linux is not supported by the IT Service Centre with instructions or individual help.

Group profiles

The VPN client offers two group profiles to choose from in order to access the VPN. These differ as follows:


[Translate to English:] HTW-vpn-split schematisch

You should choose this profile as the default profile if you want to use HTW network services outside the HTW via an encrypted connection. The network traffic is split: Only traffic with the destination "network area of ​​the HTW Dresden" is sent via the encrypted VPN connection. All other network connections are made via your regular Internet connection. This will make better use of the bandwidth of your Internet connection. The use of local network resources (e.g., printers in your home network) is possible.


[Translate to English:] HTW-vpn-all schematisch

In this profile, all network traffic is routed to the Internet via the encrypted VPN connection to the HTW. If you need access to web pages for your work, you should only choose this profile, as it provides HTW members extended access rights (based on the different IP addresses of the users). This is, for example, for some external databases / directories (especially electronic resources from the library such as e-books and full text journals). The use of local network resources (e.g., printers in your home network) should also be possible, but can not be guaranteed due to the large number of network configurations.