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Secure Remote Access

Overview

The Secure Remote Access service provides students, faculty, and staff with the ability to connect to restricted University resources while off campus, using Wireless PittNet, or using Wireless-PittNet-Fast. The service encrypts traffic between a user's computer and the University's network. Once connected, you have access to hundreds of digital research journals, databases, and other services. Access can also be configured for specific needs, such as departmental file servers.

Secure Remote Access can also be used to create SSL-based VPN connections to access information sources that reside behind University firewalls. The service includes a security check or "health check" to help ensure that remote computers accessing University machines do not pass on viruses, worms, and other security threats.

You can use the service through one of two connection methods: Web Connect and Network Connect.

Use the Pulse Client for Remote Connections

The Pulse client is the recommended method for establishing a remote desktop connection to your office computer or for accessing departmental databases and servers that reside behind network firewalls. It is easier to use and delivers faster performance than the legacy Network Connect client. The legacy Network Connect client will be retired on September 30, 2016. If you have not already done so, you can download the Pulse client from the Software Download Service at My Pitt.

Note: Individuals with sponsored accounts are not able to download Pulse from the Software Download Service. The department sponsoring the individual's account will need to provide the Pulse client to them.