Personal Network Storage

All students, faculty, and staff are given a personal storage space on the Amherst network. Often called “Userfiles” or the “U drive”, it provides safe, secure, backed-up storage for files that you don’t need to share with others.

How to Connect to the eduroam wireless network at Amherst College

Amherst College users, if you want to use eduroam at other institutions, you must first connect to eduroam at Amherst.

Visitors to Amherst College from other eduroam institutions, you must have connected to eduroam at least once at your home institution to be able then to use it at Amherst College.

Map a Network Storage Share to a Drive Letter in Windows

A network share is a place on a file server where individuals and groups can store and access files. Files stored on a network share are accessible to anyone who has permissions to the share; such files are also backed up automatically, which relieves you of that burden.

On a Windows computer, local storage volumes have letter shortcuts. For example, the first hard drive in a Windows system is by convention given the shortcut "C:" and called the "C drive." 

Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop Connection lets you log into and work on another computer over the network, in a way that’s similar to sitting directly in front of it. The major difference is that the remote computer’s “display” is inside a window of your local computer. It’s also possible to make this window full screen to more closely simulate direct access.

Once you’ve established a connection, you can launch programs, explore files on your hard disk or network drives, or use printers available to the remote computer.