Remote Access

Ames Laboratory Information Systems supports three means for remotely accessing internal computers and network services. These are:

  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  2. Secure SHell (SSH)
  3. Dial-up Modems

Once connected remotely to Ames Laboratory, Information Systems supports several means to connect with office and lab computers. These are explained in more detail in our FAQ: How do I get remote access to my office/lab computer.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virtual private network is a technology that creates a network tunnel between your remote computer and the Ames Laboratory network. When you use this tunnel technology, your remote computer will automatically be assigned a unique network address specific to you. Using such a tunnel with a unique address makes it possible to allow remote connections to internal network resources such as the Wiki, central file server, office/lab computers, and instrument computers.

For more information, including setup instructions, please see these FAQs:

Secure SHell (SSH)

SSH stands for Secure SHell and that is exactly what it provides. This remote method access is ideal for situations where a remote interactive logon is needed to a particular machine, and that machine is capable of running an SSH or telnet daemon. Usually this implies a Mac or Linux computer.

For more information, including setup instructions, please see these FAQs:

Dial-up Modems

Slow by comparison with modern home broadband speeds, such a connection is not fast enough to successfully use for remote graphical login connections such as Remote Desktop (RDP) or VNC to Windows computers, and X sessions to Linux and Mac computers. However, often a modem connection through a standard telephone line is sufficient for simple web browsing or making a connection with SSH.

For more information, including setup instructions, please see these FAQs: