Vlab

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
Jump icon (iOS)
TigerVNC icon
TigerVNC icon
TigerVNC download page link
Click this link to go to the downloads page

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 tablets and smart phones we recommend the following apps:

  • For iOS devices: Jump
  • For Android devices: RealVNC

Start the VNC client program

TigerVNC server prompt window
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.

Server Resolution Restrictions Comment
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
vlab.cse.unsw.edu.au:5920 1024 x 768 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

* 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 above work for you where you are. Visit:

      https://vpn.unsw.edu.au/

Or

      https://www.it.unsw.edu.au/staff/vpn/

Log in

VLAB login screen
In the VNC client login window, enter your zID and zPass

Enter your zID and zPass to log in.

Log out

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)

VLABgateway web page
In your web browser, click the link for the desktop resolution you want
  1. On your web browser go to the following URL:

          http://vlabgateway.cse.unsw.edu.au

  2. Click the link for the desktop resolution you want.
  3. Log in as shown above.
  4. When you're finished, close the browser window.
Last edited by plinich 01/08/2017