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.

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Features and Benefits: 
  • Automatic backup every night.
  • 1 GB capacity for your most important files. Faculty, staff, and thesis students can request increases by contacting the IT Help Desk.
  • If your personal network share is on the Userfiles server, it is also accessible using WebDAV. Just about all faculty and student shares, as well as many staff shares, are on Userfiles.
Additional Information: 
  • The storage technology used for personal shares is very expensive. If you need network storage on the order of tens of GBs or into TBs or your Userfiles space is full and cannot be further increased, contact the IT Help Desk to request project network storage.
  • If you need to share files or folders and/or manage permissions, use another network storage option such as Storage or AC Apps Google Apps for Amherst. Contact the IT Help Desk to learn about options for sharing files, folders and setting permissions.

Amherst Wi-Fi

The Amherst Wi-Fi wireless network lets members of the Amherst College community as well as guests access Amherst network resources and the Internet wirelessly.

People with Amherst accounts are strongly encouraged to use the Amherst Secure or Eduroam wireless networks, as they provide better security.

If you have an ethernet connection near your computer, especially if it’s a desktop, you should instead consider using it, as it will be faster than Wi-Fi.

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Features and Benefits: 

Lets anyone connect to the Amherst College network.


The Amherst Wi-Fi network requires registration, but an Amherst account is not required. 

If you do not or cannot register, then as a “guest” you will be restricted as to what you can do on the network, in particular you will only be able to browse the World-Wide Web and access an IMAP-based email system.

Getting Started: 

Find your computer’s list of available wireless networks, and select Amherst. Then load a new page with your web browser, and if your wireless network adapter isn't already registered on the Amherst network, you'll be redirected to the Network Registration page.

If you do not see your home page and are not automatically redirected to the NetReg page, enter its address directly into your web browser:

Connect to eduroam

How to connect to the eduroam wireless network with Windows, Mac, or iOS devices.

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

Note to visitors to Amherst College: If you want to connect to eduroam at Amherst, you must have already connected to it at your home institution.

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.

Connect and disconnect VPN on Windows

How to connect and disconnect VPN on Windows. These instructions assume that you have either downloaded and installed an automatic VPN connection or that you have manually created the connection for Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.