Secure Shell (SSH) Gateway Access Guide


A Secure Shell (SSH) Gateway is an encrypted proxy mechanism that is used for external network access, typically to internal Linux/Unix network resources, and can be accessed from different operating systems, either natively or by using a client. It is an alternative to the University Virtual Private Network (VPN).

As a faculty, staff, or student, you can access computers that you use within your local computer network remotely using the SSH Protocol built into your Linux/Unix, Mac, or Windows computer. These instructions will guide you through accessing your remote resource securely from outside of the UConn network.


You can only connect to your computer remotely if it is running a SSH server on your target resource system.

  • You must use a SSH client that is included in your Linux/Unix and Mac systems. All versions of Windows require the installation of a SSH client.
  • PuTTY is one commonly used client, or you may use your own preferred client for Windows.

Important Reminders

  • The computer that you want to connect to remotely MUST remain ON.
  • The SSH gateway is not intended for use as a file store. All files created will be purged 5 days after creation time. This limit cannot be extended for any reason.
  • All accounts are configured to use NetID credentials. Please do not set local passwords! SSH key pairs are not permitted.

Set-Up Guides

Setting up SSH on Windows 

Setting up SSH on Mac OS 

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