Working From Home and Other Remote Locations

Most of the SSCC's resources can be used from any location, so working from home or another remote location is definitely possible. This article will introduce you to the available tools and point you to Knowledge Base articles that will show you how to use them. Note that for our purposes you are at a "remote location" if your computer is not plugged into the Sewell Social Sciences Building wired network. Thus this article would apply even if you're using the wireless network in the building. Topics to be covered are:

In the event of a pandemic, extreme weather, or other situation that makes coming to campus infeasible, working from home may become a necessity. Paragraphs in italics will discuss special considerations and options for these situations. We suggest becoming familiar with the tools you'd want to use in an emergency before it arrives.

Using Winstat

Logging in to Winstat gives you access to almost all the statistical software available at the SSCC and all the files on the SSCC network. You can also use it to transfer files between the SSCC network and your own computer. This makes it the obvious choice for working from home.

We suggest you have a backup plan in place case you can't log in to Winstat. Some alternatives:

  • If you need to use statistical software and are comfortable using Linux, you can connect directly to Linstat and run programs there.
  • If your office computer has the software you need, you can log into it remotely.
  • If you need to work with files on the network but have the software you need on your home computer (in some cases just Word), you can get access to your files from your home computer.

Using Linstat

You can log into Linstat from home either by logging in to Winstat and running X-Win32 there, or by connecting directly from your home computer. Using Linstat has instructions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

In an emergency situation please connect directly to Linstat from your computer rather than logging into Winstat just to run X-Win32. This will ensure that Winstat resources are not being taken up when many of our users may need them.

Using Your Office Computer

It's possible to log in to your office computer from home and use it via "Remote Desktop" or "Screen Sharing." The result is similar to logging in to Winstat, though Winstat will generally give you better performance and stability. However, if you have software on your office computer that is not available on Winstat, connecting to it will allow you to use that software from home. In order to use Remote Desktop, you will need to request that SSCC Staff configure your desktop for remote access.

If your computer is not in the Sewell Social Sciences Building it may still be possible to connect to it remotely, but check with your local IT staff.

Connecting to your office computer is an excellent backup plan if you cannot log in to Winstat. However, it takes a little preparation, part of which must be done at your office: you must request that SSCC staff enable remote connections to your computer, and you must learn its name. We suggest you do so right now so you'll be able to use your office computer in the event of an emergency.

Using Files on the SSCC Network

You can use files on the SSCC network from any location by first connecting to the SSCC network using Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and then connecting to the usual network drives.

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is an alternative method for accessing files, with SecureFX being our suggested SFTP client for Windows.

Learning More

For more information about working from home see the Remote Computing section of our Knowledge Base, or contact the Help Desk. Campus resources include:

Last Revised: 1/28/2019