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Students (both undergrad and graduate) get most of the help they need with computers through their Resident Computer Consultant (RCC). These are students who live in student housing whose job it is to provide this help. Each RCC is assigned to a housing unit (some larger ones may have several RCCs). To find yours, go to
Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a private encrypted connection over the Internet between a single host and Stanford's private network, SUNet. Stanford's VPN service allows any Stanford affiliate with an active SUNet ID to connect to the campus from any available network connection almost anywhere.
In Windows, right-click the padlock icon in the system tray and click Disconnect. Then, right-click the padlock icon again and click Exit.
In Mac OS X, in the VPN Client window, click the Disconnect button. Or, from the Connection Entries menu, click Disconnect.
The only secure aspect of the VPN connection is from your local computer to the VPN concentrator. Once you have been assigned a Stanford IP address, your system is on the university network and vulnerable to viruses and exploits.
You need the Ethernet capability that most computers come with and an Ethernet cable. All residences on campus have network connections available in student rooms for direct access to SUNet and the Internet.
The Stanford Network Self-Registration (SNSR) service combines a web-based self registration application and the Stanford Network Registration Tool (SNRT) to be run on the registering host computer. It is designed to make the process of network registration easier and to improve desktop security and network records accuracy.