How do I connect to my office Mac from home?

In order for you to connect to your office Mac from home, you need to make sure that it is properly configured. You can email CHASS IT ( chass_it@ncsu.edu ) and we will make sure everything is configured.

Before following these instructions, make sure that you have the following information on hand:

  • Your office Mac IP Address or computer name (We can provide that for you)
  • Your Unity ID and Password

The remote access protocols used by Mac OS X are blocked by the University's firewall and are not accessible to off-campus users. Off-campus users can follow these steps to recieve an on-campus network address and access their office Mac from home.

What kind of computer do you use at home?

From a Mac at home

  1. Visit https://vpn.ncsu.edu and login using your Unity ID and Password. This will connect to the University's VPN service and give you access to on-campus networking resources.
  2. Open Screen Sharing on your mac. (The easiest way to find it is to press Command + Space and type Screen Sharing in the spotlight search box.)
    Screen Sharing Dialog
    1. Your host will usually be based on your unity id or your office number (if you share a computer with someone else): jdoe2-dt.chass.ncsu.edu or wn-309-1.chass.ncsu.edu
    2. You will be prompted for your Unity password when you connect.
  3. When you click Connect, you will be prompted for your Unity password. Then you should be presented with a login screen or you will be automatically logged in.

For simple access to just your files

  1. Visit https://vpn.ncsu.edu and login using your Unity ID and Password. This will connect to the University's VPN service and give you access to on-campus networking resources.
  2. From Finder, click the Go menu and select Connect to Server...Apple Go Menu
  3. The Server Address in the Connect to Server dialog box is the host name of your office machine.
    Clicking the "+" button will save the Server Address in the Favorite Servers list for later use.Connect to Server Dialog
  4. Click Connect and provide the username and password that you use to login to your office Mac to finish the proccess.

From a PC at home

To simply access files on your office Mac, all you will need an sftp client ( we recommend the free WinSCP client ). You will only need to provide the IP address or computer name and the username and password you use to login to your office mac.

WinSCP Login Dialog

If you want to see the screen and control your office Mac remotely, you will need a special software configured on your machine. Contact CHASS IT ( chass_it@ncsu.edu ) for help in this situation.

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