Accessing Athena Off-Campus with a Personal Computer

To connect to Lighting from a personal off-campus computer please follow the steps below.

(Note: First follow the instructions on how to set up VPN here and then continue to the instructions below.)

 

Athena on a Personal Windows PC

1. Log-on to the computer, make sure to connect to the "Philadelphia University" network. This can be done by using the VPN connection.

2. Click on the "Start" button, and then "Run".

3. Without quotes, type in the address bar "\\Athena", then click OK.

4. Input YourUserName/Password combination. Students should type in their username as follows: "Student\YourUserName". Faculty and staff members should type in their username as follows:  “Philacol\YourUserName".

 

Athena on a Personal Apple/Mac Computer

1. Log-on to the computer, make sure to connect to the Philadelphia University network. This can be done by using the VPN connection.

2. At the Mac desktop, choose "Connect to Server" from the Go pull-down menu.

3. Choose the Athena server, or type the server name (which can be expressed as "smb://Athena/home/YourUserName") in the address bar. Click 'Connect'.

4. Input YourUserName/Password combination. Students should type in their username as follows: "Student\YourUserName". Faculty and staff members should type in their username as follows:  “Philacol\YourUserName"

5. If the computer prompts the user to choose a volume to mount, choose the appropriate one and click OK. For example: academic file folders can be found in the Apps folder, so choose Apps as the folder to mount.

6. The icon should appear on the desktop. Find the desired folder and open it. The user now has access to files on Athena.

7. To create an alias (shortcut) to a particular subfolder, hold down the 'Apple' and 'Option' keys and drag the icon to the desktop.

If a message appears stating that the computer cannot find the server, make sure it is still connected to the network. If so, try deleting the shortcut and re-creating it, replacing "smb://athena" with "smb://athena.facstaff.philau.edu".

 

Support

For further assistance, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 215-951-4648 or by Email at HelpDesk@PhilaU.edu

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