EWS Labs, Remote Access, Connecting to EWS Linux with FastX

Students enrolled in Engineering courses can follow these instructions to use FastX to remotely connect to the EWS Linux environment. Engineering IT provides a browser-based interface as well as a desktop client. For other remote access resources, please visit https://go.illinois.edu/ewsremote.

Please note that FastX and other EWS resources are for instructional use only. Academic research on EWS resources is prohibited. More on our research policies can be found here: https://go.illinois.edu/ews-research-policy. Please contact ews@illinois.edu with any questions.


VPN is required for FastX connections to both the browser and desktop client

  1. Connect to the campus VPN - follow the guide at https://go.illinois.edu/vpn

Connect with the browser client (recommended)

  1. Go to https://fastx.ews.illinois.edu

  2. Log in with your NetID and Active Directory password

  3. Click on "Launch Session" and choose MATE. (Your browser pop-up blocker may complain here, but you can click "Go to my session")

  4. Follow this guide to open Linux software: https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois.engineering/81201


Connect with the desktop client

Download the latest FastX client:https://www.starnet.com/fastx/current-client.  Once the FastX Desktop Client is installed on your computer, follow the instructions below.

  1. Start FastX

  2. Click the 'plus' sign to add a new connection, and select “SSH”

  3. Enter the following information: (For macOS clients, use "fastx-mac.ews.illinois.edu" as the Host. Windows clients should use fastx.ews.illinois.edu as the Host.)




5. Select 'Save' after you have entered the above information

6. Double-click the connection

7. Enter your Active Directory password

8. Use the + icon to launch a new graphical session. MATE is the only available option. Double-click the MATE icon to launch the graphical session.

9. Follow this guide to open Linux software: https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois.engineering/81201

Notes on EWS' FastX configuration

If you have any questions please contact ews@illinois.edu


Short URL for this page: https://go.illinois.edu/ewsfastx