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Connection to the FMRIB VPN Service


The FMRIB VPN service requires the use of FortiClient VPN and uses secure web technology to encrypt traffic (TLS) so should operate from networks that restrict use of the legacy IPSec VPN protocol.

Please note that only traffic destined for the FMRIB or University networks will route from your computer through the FMRIB VPN (you may hear this referred to as 'split-tunnelling'). Other University traffic, for example YouTube or Microsoft Teams traffic will travel out via your internet service provider. If you need access to a service that requires you to appear to come from a University address then please contact us for advice.

Setup instructions

Apple MacOS VPN client configuration 

macOS FortiClient installation

Installing and configuring FortiClient on Windows



From the Fortinet downloads page, , download the installer ‘FortiClientVPNOnlineInstaller.exe’. Right-click and choose ‘Run-as Administrator’ from the menu. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Once installed start FortiClient, if prompted, agree to the terms of use and then proceed to setup a VPN configuration.


On the configuration window ensure that SSL-VPN is selected, enter suitable connection name such as 'FMRIB VPN', then enter

into the Remote Gateway field.

Click 'save'. You should now be able to connect to FMRIB via VPN.

Image showing configured Mac FortClient settings


FortiClient is required for FMRIB VPN connectivity on Linux.

Linux FortiClient configurations