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Network Services

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The ODU CS Department offers various network and remote services that will allow you to access our network via wireless, RDP, and other remote services available. Below are a list of links leading to information pages for the various network services provided to students and faculty.

ODU Wireless Internet Access

ODU ITS (Information Technology Services) maintains a campus-wide wireless network for all ODU students to use. This network is separate from the CS Department's WCSNET wireless network. To connect to this network, please visit the ODU Wireless Internet Access page for a guide on how to connect to the campus-wide network.

VCLab Remote Desktop Connection

The Computer Science Virtual Computer Lab is a service offered to all Computer Science students. You can connect via Remote Desktop to a virutal lab machine similar to the ones available in the Problem Solving and Open Research Labs. This allows you to use programs installed on our lab machines from anywhere you have an internet connection.

If you have any comments or suggestions on how VCLab can be improved, please email root@cs.odu.edu


You can connect via Remote Desktop. For Windows this is a built-in program which can be accessed under Start->All Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection. For Mac OSX, the official Remote Desktop Client can be downloaded here. Various Linux ports are available including rdesktop with tsclient as well as Remmina.

For the remote connection hostname, use vclab.cs.odu.edu. You will log in with your CS credentials. For you username, put CS\yourusername (i.e. CS\jdoe), and use the same password you set for your CS Windows account. Also if you bring up options in the Remote Desktop Connection window, you can choose to use your local printer, speakers, flash drive, etc with your remote session.

Idle/Disconnected Sessions

If your remote desktop session sits idle for more than 15 minutes, it will automatically be disconnected. If this happens, you can still reconnect to VCLab.

Known Issues

The newest versions of Microsoft Project and Visio are not available on VCLab due to licensing restrictions.

VPN Services

The ODU CS Department provides a VPN connection for those who wish to access private CS Department network services from a remote location. This can be accessed with vpn.cs.odu.edu. To connect to our VPN, you can follow the inscructions at https://systems.cs.odu.edu/VPN_Services

If you have any issues after following the instructions for connecting on this page, please email root@cs.odu.edu with a detailed description of your problem.

What is a VPN?

In summary, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to connect securely to a network (i.e. the ODU CS network) and access private network resources that aren't available outside of the network. When you connect to the CS Department VPN, no matter where you are, it is similar to connecting your computer directly to our wireless Internet. For more information in a VPN, please visit here.

SSH Access

The ODU CS Department provides SSH (Secure SHell) access to Linux and Unix servers for CS students. SSH allows you to securely connect to this machines, and use terminal commands to interact with them.

Unix Account

To gain SSH access, you must have an ODU CS Unix account. In order to sign up for a CS Unix account, you must currently be enrolled in a Computer Science course. The Account Creation website is located here. If you have any questions or problems with account creation or use of the SSH servers, you can email the Systems Group at root@cs.odu.edu for assistance.

SSH Clients

To connect using SSH, you must have an SSH client installed on your machine. Linux and Mac machines have an SSH client packaged with them, but Windows machines require you download a client.

There are various SSH clients available for public use. A popular client recommended by the Systems Group is PuTTY.

Linux/Unix Servers

Once you have obtained an SSH client, you can visit the Unix and Linux Services page for the information on the available servers and their hostnames for connection.