Currently, the best way to connect to your ENGR home directory from off campus is to utilize some form of SCP client. Windows users can obtain a free client called WinSCP to connect to their files.
To download WinSCP, go to: http://winscp.net/
After starting WinSCP you should see a window similar to this one:
Type “linux-1.ece.iastate.edu” into the Host name box and enter your username and password when prompted and select “Login”. Since this is the likely the first time you have connected to this file server a warning message may pop up warning you that the security keys provided by the server are unknown. It is ok to proceed past this warning.
After login you will see a window similar to this one:
In this image the left pane represents your local desktop system and the right pane represents the files in your home directory. You can navigate to the desired files/location in either pane and drag and drop to begin your file transfer.
To watch a how to video please refer to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j6VdlVlYiw
Non Windows Users
Similarly to Windows, Mac users can utilize an SCP client to access their home directory from off campus. While OSX has an SCP client already present in the operating system, it does not have a graphical user interface. FUGU is a free SCP client with a GUI.
When Fugu is started you will see a window similar to this one:
Type “home.eng.iastate.edu” in the “Connect to” box and fill in your username and password. Since this is likely your first time connecting to this server you will receive a message warning you about the authenticity of the RSA keys provided by the server. It is ok to proceed past this point.
Once you are logged in you will see a screen like this one:
The left pane represents your local computer and the right pane represents your ENGR files. From here you can navigate in ether pane and drag and drop to transfer your files.
Also see File Storage for information on accessing your home directory locally.