While you are connected
For most of the VPN networks, communication to off-campus sites or unrestricted campus services is routed directly through the public Internet, not tunneled through the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. The software does not need to be started/stopped as you move between restricted and unrestricted sites. This ensures that unrestricted services are not slowed by the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client software.
If you selected the Library Resources VPN network, all of your Internet traffic will be tunneled through the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. This allows you to access restricted databases that the Libraries subscribe to, but which are not hosted on campus. Because the databases are outside of the Carnegie Mellon network, all of your Internet traffic needs to go through the VPN, so that it can be properly handled. However, this also means that your unrestricted Internet communication may be slowed because it is routed through the VPN. We recommend that you disconnect your connection with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client when you do not need to access restricted Library services.
Last Updated: 7/22/11