On this page you can find the explanation on how to make a secure VPN-connection to the Howest-network You need a VPN-connection to consult certain databases of the library from a remote location.
You can only use this VPN-connection as a student or staff member of Howest.


You can download the installation file from https://www.forticlient.com/downloads

Choose the FortiClient VPN on this site and select the version that applies to you.



Start the Forticlient VPN through the Windows start menu or MacOS Spotlight/launchpad

Click on “Configure VPN” to set up the connection.

In the next menu, select “SSL-VPN”.

  • At “Connection Name” you may enter Howest VPN.
  • At “Remote Gateway” enter this address: sslvpn.howest.be
  • Under Authentication you can check “Save login” to have your Howest-account automatically filled in on your next logon
  • Then click on Save to save the connection.



On the login screen, enter the email address and password of your Howest-account and click “Connect” to connect to the VPN-network.