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?
No matter what operating system you are using on your local computer, there is a way to access Remote Access resources. Below you will find details for each of the major three operating systems on performing the various tasks of transferring files, using VCL to access Windows or Linux applications, or using the College of Engineering Remote Access Servers to access Linux or Solaris applications.
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.
Using OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later? Connect to NCSU file space with ExpanDrive or login to VCL to run NCSU Software.