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Student Remote NetID Access

Students with a NetID will be able to access their NetID account remotely. Remote access would allow you to download or upload the files in your NetID storage space from your home computer or while using the wireless access on campus.

Remote access to your NetID is available by using a 'SFTP' or Secure File Transfer Protocol program. The following pages will walk you through the steps of downloading, installing and setting up an SFTP program to access your NetID account. If you already have an SFTP program on your computer, you can skip down to Generic Setup. All others should follow the instructions for their computer.

Note that these instructions are for STUDENTS only. Faculty can get instructions here.

SFTP Program Setup

Choose the Operating system for your computer:

Windows operating systems. Windows

The free SFTP program that we recommend for Windows operating systems is called FileZilla.


Mac operating systems. Macintosh

 Mac OS X


The free SFTP program that we recommend for Mac OS X is called Fugu. The following links provide information for installing and using Fugu.

Generic Instructions. Generic

Generic information will allow you to set up any other SFTP program. A few notes on SFTP programs that we have run into:
  • WinSCP (Windows) will not work for NetID users.
  • Cyberduck (Mac OS X) works on some systems, but not on others.
  • PuTTY (Windows) has 2 file transfer clients: PSCP and PSFTP. Only PSFTP will work for this account.
  • FileZilla Client 3.x works, but lacks the easy configuration of FileZilla 2x.
The following is the info you will need to set up your SFTP Program.
Username: your NetID
Password: your NetID password

'Fingerprints' are used to verify's indentity during initial connections
 DSA Key Fingerprint:  1024 4f:6c:8d:80:d9:fd:6a:91:3b:71:e6:d8:76:13:2e:d0
 RSA Key Fingerprint:  2048 46:16:b1:c9:ad:e0:3d:0a:9a:4d:7c:4b:36:c8:62:07

The following are typically default settings. But if you run into problems you may wish to check these items:
Port: 22
Remote Directory: /home/homes/[your NetID]