How to SSH into the Linux Lab

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You can use SSH to remotely login to the Linux Lab computers in Adams Hall. To do this on a Windows computer, you will need to install Cygwin. If you are using a Mac, you can use the Terminal.


  1. Open Cygwin (on Windows) or Terminal (on Mac).
  2. Enter the following command:
    ssh -p 5010

    The username is your Hofstra Portal username (e.g. h702345678) and the xx is a number from 01 to 30.

  3. Type yes and press Enter.
  4. Type in your Linux account password and press Enter. The default password is your 700 number (e.g. 702345678).

At this point, you should be logged in to a lab computer and have access to your Linux account. If you forgot your Linux account password, ask for it to be reset at Adams 211.

X11 Forwarding

In order to have access to the GUI of the computer you want to SSH into, you will need to enable X11 Forwarding. For information on how to do this, see here

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