How do I connect to my office PC from home?

Connect to the NCSU VPN

The university requires that users who wish to connect to on-campus machines from off-campus to first connect to the campus VPN (Virtual Private Network).

To do so, simply visit http://vpn.ncsu.edu in Mozilla Firefox.

  • The default security settings in Internet Explorer will likely prevent the VPN client from being installed and connected.
  • The VPN client requires that java be installed on your computer. Most newer computers will already have it installed, but if your's does not, you can get it from java.com.

After you log in to the VPN and the VPN client is initialized and connected, you should see the following in Firefox:

VPN Client Install Complete

To Establish a Remote Desktop Connection

From your home computer, go to Start → All ProgramsAccessories. In the Accessories menu, click on the Remote Desktop Connection icon. You will now see the Remote Desktop Connection window.

The Remote Desktop Connection window

Enter your computer's name or IP address where it says "Computer:"

Your Computer's name:
(View this page on your office computer to get the appropriate name)

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