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Help, how to use my work vpn at library

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Help, how to use my work vpn at library

My job at work uses FortiClient for sslvpn, I work remote, to hide in library for the most part. However i think the library lockdown the port so my vpn cannot connect on library's network, I have to tether the phone every time it is very confusing and sometimes if I forget then get dinged by the cellphone bills.

Years ago I used a local software which maps out the remote port to regular http traffic but the software is unusable now, any recommendation? thanks!
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you don't really have a choice if they block the vpn ports,

you can try tims
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Are you sure it's SSLVPN? That runs over 443, which is your standard HTTPS traffic, and unless the library has a next-gen type firewall, usually they can't tell that traffic apart from any other HTTPS traffic. Another possibility is that's it's being blocked by something like OpenDNS/Cisco Umbrella, in which case it's just a DNS block, so maybe try using 8.8.8.8 or something set statically instead of the what I presume is a DHCP assigned DNS server at the library, but if they did it right, you won't be allowed to use alternate DNS address as it will be blocked, but something easy to try.
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Hide out at Starbucks and use their internet.
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If there's a http proxy, sometimes you can use PuTTY to create a tunnel to the http proxy, and then use PuTTY to create a local socket to which your VPN software can bind (with some minor modifications in its configuration). To bypass a strict port block. Of course this requires that there be a http proxy that will actually pass your traffic.
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Does your library use a public portal to authenticate? If so, are you getting that page? If you're not, you're on the wifi but not authorized to access the Internet on their network.

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