Secure Shell (SSH) is a network protocol used to allow secure access to a UNIX terminal. PuTTY is the recommended application to use for SSH connections from a Windows operating system. PuTTY allows you to access your files and email stored on the engineering servers. It also provides a UNIX environment to run programs that some courses require. PuTTY can be used to do this from any Windows computer, on or off campus. PuTTY is installed on all engineering computers running Windows.

To download PuTTY visit the Putty Homepage

If you need help downloading or installing PuTTY, or have trouble with these instructions, contact support or visit the  Wireless Help Desk.

1. Once you have the software, launch PuTTY and you will see the following screen:

2. In the "Host Name (or IP address)" field, type: "access.engr.oregonstate.edu" and select open:

3. Type in your engineering user name and press enter:

4. Type in your engineering password and press enter. Note: Your password will not appear as you type it:

5. PuTTY will prompt you to select the terminal type. Select the default (xterm) by pressing enter:

6. You are now connected to a UNIX terminal, at your home directory, from here you can access files using UNIX commands, or run UNIX applications. (Hint: Type "ls" then press return to see a list of the files in your home directory)

If you have any other questions about how to use this software please e-mail support.