In the instructions below, substitute your lower-cased UW Net ID
wherever you see
Last updated: 22 May 2017
To use a wireless, cable or DSL modem connection, simply use the tools
Secure Email Access
Students can use either
UW Outlook Live,
UW Google Email,
or, if you have a UW Net Id created prior to 1 Jul 2010,
Faculty and staff can use
Student web pages for Institute of Technology-authorized work are allowed
from your Windows home directory (also called a network shared
Substitute your own lower-cased UW Net ID for "uwnetid" below.
- Create a directory called www in the root directory
of your share (use this script to properly set permissions for the web
server to be able to read your files):
- Create a file called index.html in that directory.
For example, put these lines in that file:
<title>My Web Page</title>
- Refer to your web page as: http://css.insttech.washington.edu/~uwnetid
For more capabilities on other systems, see:
Access to Windows Home Directory
You can securely upload and download files using your
Windows home directory from your residence (or elsewhere), using a secure shell program
such as PuTTY
and a window-based secure transfer program, such as WinSCP.
To do so, you use the software and specify a host computer
(also known as cssgate.insttech.washington.edu).
The current secure file transfer
approach requires using PuTTY to log into repos.insttech.washington.edu,
which is a Linux
As of 14 Sep 2016, you should use your UW Net ID for the user name and
your MyUW password to login to repos/cssgate.
- INSTTECH Home Directory (Institute lab computers)
Your Windows home directory must be
mounted on that system to gain access to it. You do so after logging on by entering:
then enter your login password when prompted, much like you can currently "map
a network drive" on Windows. Your home directory is actually a shared
directory that Windows knows about and that can be shared to a Linux
To gain access to your files in your Windows home directory:
You must use PuTTY to login to cssgate.insttech.washington.edu
using your UW Net ID as a login name and your MyUW login password.
- If you want access to your Windows home directory, enter:
and enter your INSTTECH password when prompted.
- Look at the directory listing:
- Transfer files using WinSCP
- The win directory is automatically unmounted when
- When finished, exit WinSCP and then in PuTTY, exit the command shell.
Doing this explicitly helps Linux to better manage its processes.
- UWT Home Directory (classroom/campus computers)
The current method uses a web browser to gain authenticated access to
your classroom/non-Institute login account's home directory.
|22 May 2017
||Emphasized lower-cased uwnetid for login.
|14 Sep 2016
||Changed references to INSTTECH passwords for cssgate/repos login
|30 Aug 2010
||Changed secure email access for students and faculty/staff, and revised instructions on
how to use PuTTY and WinSCP to access the Windows home directory, due to the removal
of licensing for SSH Tectia in November 2010.
|5 May 2010
||Changed reference to webpine to reference to Alpine
|7 Jan 2010
||Removed references UWICK, which is no longer supported, and provided
direct links to Tera Term Pro and SSH Tectia client software, and other
minor editorial changes.
|10 Apr 2006
||Removed reference to mountuwt and added references to UWT
Computer Services' Remote File Access (RFA) service.
|7 Jan 2006
||Added University Bookstore as a source for UWICK
|3 Jan 2006
||Changed means of making the H:\www folder to using a script
|7 Oct 2004
||Removed mention of UWICK containing SSH, and added generalized mounthome information
|5 Oct 2004
||Emphasized insttech.washington.edu, added info about mountuwt,removed PHP capability
|2 Oct 2003
||Changed domain from UWTCSS to INSTTECH
|16 Jan 2003
||Changed cssgate login instructions
|21 Oct 2002
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