Remote Access Services

All NCSU students. faculty and staff can access the campus network from their home and non-Eos/Unity computers through campus and college remote-access services and the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). To protect the privacy of those who use our services, all NCSU remote-access services use secure, encrypted communication. They also employ open-source technologies wherever possible.

Common Uses of Remote Access

The most common uses of remote access are for:

  • file transfer - copying files between a user's computer and the campus AFS file system.
  • running applications - accessing campus computers to run software for class, homework, research, etc.

A high-speed broadband connection is recommended to perform either of these tasks, particularly if you are transferring large or multiple files, or if the applications you run are complex and graphically intensive. Connection over the campus wireless network is supported, but usually slower.

How Do I Connect?

There are two remote-access servers that College of Engineering faculty/staff/students can access:


The following instructions explain how to connect remotely from Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems in order to transfer files or access Windows or Linux applications on COE remote-access servers or VCL.

Instructions by Operating System


Use ExpanDrive or WinSCP to transfer files between your PC and NCSU file space or login to VCL to run NCSU Software.
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Mac OS X

Using OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later? Connect to NCSU file space with ExpanDrive or login to VCL to run NCSU Software.
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Transfer your data securely to NCSU file space with SCP or SFTP. Run campus software remotely with VCL.
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