Really quick guide to VLAB
VLAB is how you get access to a CSE lab computer on your own desktop or laptop computer, or on a tablet or smart phone.
All you need is a VNC client program or a web browser. A VNC client program is the very best way of connecting up to VLAB. Only use the web browser option (see below) if you're somewhere with restrictive networking.
Get a VNC client program
Jump icon (iOS)
For desktop and laptop computers we recommend the TigerVNC client. Go to this page to find out the latest version. Remember the version number. Then, on that page, follow the link which says: "Binaries are available from bintray:". Download one of the following files to your computer's desktop:
- For Apple computers: TigerVNC-version.dmg
- For Microsoft Windows 32-bit: vncviewer-version.exe
- For Microsoft Windows 64-bit: vncviewer64-version.exe
- For Ubuntu: tiger-vncviewer:
sudo apt-get install tigervnc-viewer tigervnc-common
For tablets and smart phones we recommend the following apps:
- For iOS devices: Jump
- For Android devices: RealVNC
If you require one, start up your VPN
If you are not the UNSW campus and cannot use TigerVNC with port 5920 (see below), you will need to use a VPN to encrypt your session with VLAB for protection of your password and other sensitive information. UNSW provides a separate Virtual Private Network (VPN) service which you can use from outside of UNSW (i.e., off-campus). This may allow you to connect if none of the VNC server settings in the table below work for you where you are. Visit:https://vpn.unsw.edu.au/
Start the VNC client program
Enter one of the VNC server selections from the table below
In Apple computers, double click on the dmg file on your desktop and then double click on the viewer icon in the window which opens up.
On Microsoft Windows, double click on the exe file.
Enter the VNC server
The VNC client program will want you to enter the VNC server to connect to. Use one of the entries from the "Server" column in this table.
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5911||640 x 480||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5912||800 x 600||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5913||1024 x 768||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5914||1280 x 800||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5915||1650 x 1050||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5916||1920 x 1080||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5919||1024 x 768||Works from inside UNSW only (or world wide with UNSW's VPN)||Can be resized to any size you want by clicking and dragging. The TigerVNC client is required for resizing to work|
|vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5920||1024 x 768||Requires the TigerVNC client. Connection is encrypted. Works from anywhere in the world if your local firewall allows||Can be resized to any size you want by clicking and dragging|
In the VNC client login window, enter your zID and zPass
Enter your zID and zPass to log in.
Log out as you normally would when you're done and the VNC client program should close.
Connect using a web browser (only if you can't get a VNC client to work)
In your web browser, click the link for the desktop resolution you want
- On your web browser go to the following URL:
- Click the link for the desktop resolution you want.
- Log in as shown above.
- When you're finished, close the browser window.