Accessing Nexus from home

Accessing N: drive files, etc. from off campus

Accessing N: drive files, printers, etc. via PocketNexus

PocketNexus allows you to access 'N:' drive files and printers from off campus using a Mac, a PC (Windows), an Android device, a Blackberry 10, or an iPhone/iPod. Your computer/device doesn’t have to be on Nexus, but it will be able to access resources as though it were.

Accessing 'N:' drive files from off campus via VPN

VPN connects your home computer securely to the University of Waterloo's campus network. This type of connection bypasses any restrictions you would encounter on an off-campus computer. Read more about the benefits of using VPN.

Windows

  1. Install VPN client:
    1. Information Systems and Technology's (IST) documentation on installing and using the VPN client.
    2. Instructional video on how to connect to VPN on a Windows 7 machine.
  2. Map your 'N:' drive to your personal computer:
    1. Go to My Computer
    2. Click on Map Network Drive in the top menu
    3. Select a letter for the drive (you may choose the 'N:' drive for consistency with on campus work)
    4. Enter the appropriate path for the drive:
      1. For Arts faculty, staff and graduate students:
        \\artsfileu.uwaterloo.ca\artshome$\userid
      2. For Psychology staff, faculty and graduate students:
        \\files\users$\userid
      3. For Renison staff and faculty:
        \\renfileu.uwaterloo.ca\renhome$\userid
      4. For St. Paul’s staff and faculty:
        \\stpfileu.uwaterloo.ca\stphome$\userid

      5. For Arts undergrad students:
        \\files.uwaterloo.ca\students$\userid

  3. Click OK

MAC OS

  1. Install VPN client:
    1. IST's documentation on installing and using the VPN client.
  2. Map your 'N:' drive to your personal computer:
    1. In Finder, click on Go in the top menu
    2. Select Connect to Server
    3. Enter the appropriate path:
      1. For Arts faculty, staff and graduate students:
        smb://artsfileu.uwaterloo.ca/artshome$/userid
      2. For Psychology staff, faculty and graduate students:
        smb://files/users$/userid
      3. For Renison staff and faculty:
        smb://renfileu.uwaterloo.ca/renhome$/userid
      4. For St. Paul’s staff and faculty:
        smb://stpfileu.uwaterloo.ca/stphome$/userid

      5. For Arts undergrad students:
        smb://files.uwaterloo.ca/students$/userid

    4. When it connects, right click on the folder and click Make Alias. This alias can be put onto your desktop for easy access.

Accessing 'N:' drive files, applications, etc. from off campus via remote desktop (RDP) connection

This type of connection allows you to access all the applications and files on your office PC from your off-campus computer. You must log off your on-campus computer but leave it turned on for this type of connection to work.

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