Connecting to LBNL from Public Venues such as Home, Hotels, Conferences, Public WiFi

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  • Connecting your computer at home to LBLnet and to computer resources within the Lab requires use of an ISP (Internet Service Provider) service. You may obtain your own DSL, Cable Internet, cellular, satellite or a dial-up modem service depending on what is available in your area. Telephone Services DSL and dial-up web pages give information to users whose departments will pay for home internet access.
  • DSL and cable are referred to as 'broadband' and provide data rates of 256 kbps or greater. The service may be 'asymmetric' and provide a greater data rate for downloads and incoming traffic than for uploads.
  • Lab Gmail (email from Google) may be accessed securely from your web browser at
  • When you have an Internet connection from outside the Lab, you may browse to some LBNL web resources. Telnet into LBNL is blocked because it communicates in plain text. Using VPN is recommended for accessing web pages and other resources that are restricted from access outside LBNL.
  • SSH and Remote Desktop are permitted, but they each require a Lab host computer configured and running within LBNL. Please consult this page from the Computer Protection Program for advice on securing SSH connections.
  • You may also use VPN for secure access into the Lab and use any IP-based tools or resources that work from your desktop when you are at LBNL.
  • Using cyber-cafe, public library, or other public computers to log in to password-protected LBL resources is strongly discouraged. The security of your log-in credentials may be compromised.
  • For more information on the remote access service policy please click here.
  • For assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 510-486-4357.

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