How to connect to the University of Tsukuba VPN Services using SoftEther VPN (SSL-VPN)

Here we will explain how to make a VPN connection to the University of Tsukuba VPN Services using SoftEther VPN Client.

Using SoftEther VPN Client provides the fastest, easiest and most efficient VPN communication. However, SoftEther VPN Client operates only on Windows.
For Mac, Phone / iPad and Android users, please click here.


How to set on Windows (SoftEther VPN)

1. Install SoftEther VPN Client (Only once the first time)

VPN connections can be made to the VPN Server using L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocol, however, if you can install SoftEther VPN Client or SoftEther VPN Client (hereon VPN Client) in the client computer, the easiest way to connect to the VPN Server is using VPN Client.

VPN Client supports older Windows OS versions like Windows 98 Second Edition to the latest Windows 8 as well as Linux OS.

The installation and initial configuration of VPN Client is very easy. First, download VPN Client from the Web site.

Run the downloaded EXE file.


The SoftEther VPN Client installer will be activated. (The screen shows PacketiX VPN Client, however, the procedures are almost the same).

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When the setup is complete, the following screen will be displayed. Here, press "Finish" to activate the VPN Client connection manager.

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2. Initial configuration (Only once the first time)

To create a new VPN connection with the VPN Client connection manager, click "Create a New Connection Setting."

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A question will be displayed to confirm if you wish to create a virtual LAN card. Please click "Yes."

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A screen to set the name for the virtual LAN you wish to create will be displayed. Do not enter anything and just click "OK."

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Your virtual LAN card has been created.
In order to make a VPN connection, you usually need just one virtual LAN card (depending on use, you may create multiple cards and make simultaneous VPN connections).

Click "Create a New Connection Setting" once more.

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The "New Connection Setting Properties" screen will be displayed.

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The minimum amount of information you are required to fill in the "New Connection Setting Properties" screen is as follows.

Item Value Notes
Host Name  
Port Number 443  
Virtual HUB Name VPN  
Type of Authentication RADIUS or NT Domain Authentication You will be required to manually select RADIUS for "Type of Authentication."
Please make sure not to forget this setting.
User Name University of Tsukuba Unified Authentication System ID
(the 13 digit bar code number on the back of the student/staff ID card)
Please click here for information on the Unified Authentication System.
Password Password for the University of Tsukuba Unified Authentication System Confirm that the current password and ID are correct.

After entering the above information, click "OK."
Also, for network environments requiring a proxy server to access the Internet, please make the appropriate settings on the proxy server.


3. VPN Connection (procedure done each time)

VPN connections can be made any time after a VPN connection setting has been added.
In order to make a VPN connection, activate the VPN Client connection manager and double-click the icon of the connection setting.

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Once the VPN connection is complete, the following message will be displayed.


As well, the "Condition" of the connection setting icon on the the VPN manager will be displayed as "Connection Complete."

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Furthermore, after the VPN connection is complete, by double-clicking or by right-clicking the connection setting icon to display "Properties," the connection condition will be displayed in a screen like below.

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To disconnect the VPN connection, right-click the connection setting icon and click "Disconnect."

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