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.

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.

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.