The University's work-at-home virtual private network (VPN) allows any member of the campus community with a NetID and NetID password to access certain Stony Brook applications, resources, and services from off-campus.

VPN Connection

The following resources and services require a VPN connection when attempting to access from off-campus:

Virtual SINC Site

Print From Anywhere

Department Shared Folders

Important Considerations

200-Seat Limit

There is a 200-seat limit to the number of VPN connections that can be made at any one time.

Connection Issues

If you are unable to connect initially, please try back at a later time.


Be aware that the work-at-home virtual private network cannot be accessed from a computer on the campus network. You must be off-campus to access it.

Connecting On Campus

If you try to connect while on campus, you will receive an error message that says "You do not have permission to login. Please contact your administrator."

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect to the VPN?

The following provides instructions about how to install the software, connect to the Work-at-Home virtual private network, and access campus resources.To access Stony Brook resources, such as file shares and internal sites, you must establish a VPN connection when working from home. A NetID is required for this process. 

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How to Connect - All Systems

  1. Download and install the appropriate client for you operating system:  
  2. Open the Network Connect application. At the top, enter the URL https://sslj.wah.stonybrook.edu/ and select “GO.”
  3. Sign in with your NetID and NetID password.
  4. When you connect, the process will check to see if Network Connect is up to date. Please allow all prompts for the update to process.
  5. Your VPN session will now be starting. This process may take a minute or so.

How to Disconnect - Windows

In the bottom right corner of your screen, at the toolbar, you will see a small Network Connect icon. Please right click it and select “Sign-Off” from the menu that appears.

How to disconnect - OSX

In the Network Connect Window, select “Disconnect” to end your session.


Save your work often! The VPN connection will terminate if you are idle for 30 minutes or longer. The max session time you are allowed is 8 hours. If you are disconnected, you may head back to http://sslj.wah.stonybrook.edu/ and start a new session.

Why can't I connect to the VPN?

If you are trying to connect to the VPN during high-traffic times (in the evening or right before a big exam), you may experience problems connecting to the VPN.  As of Spring 2013, there are 200 seats available for the VPN.  If all seats are currently occupied, you will not be able to connect.  Please wait and try again later.