You are here

ECE LTF Computing Labs

If you are familiar with the ECE lab environments and would like to become an ECE Computer Lab Consultant, see Aaron Aufderheide in DL568. Applicants must be familiar with the MS Windows and Red Hat Linux computing environments. 

ECE LTF Labs Operating System # of Seats Peripherals
CL260 Windows 7 46 Printers and Scanner
DL517 Windows 7 24 Printers and Scanner
DL557 RHEL 26 Printers
DL817 Windows 7 13 Printer
4 dedicated remote access Linux workstations.
Remote Desktop Connections to Windows 7 and RHEL machines.











Locking Computers

  • Standard policy is that a computer does not remain locked for more than 10 minutes. Trips to the restrooms, the printers or short phone calls are acceptable.
  • If you are going to class, going home or leaving for any extended periods of time it is required that you log off of a computer. If the computer is locked and you are gone for more than 10 minutes you run the risk of having your account logged off. 
  • If the labs are busy please make sure to be courteous to other users. If you are sitting at a station and not using a computer please offer it to someone that is waiting. This is especially important during exam periods, or days when numerous classes have projects due.


ECE Password Resets

  • Please see a Consultant in DL 557 or CL 260 before contacting Site. They will be able to assist you in resetting your ECE password.


Wireless Network Connectivity

  • Please note that Site does not maintain, nor does it have control over the OSU Wireless system. If you are having trouble connecting wirelessly please contact 8-HELP, 614-688-4357.


Remote Desktop Connections

To connect to Windows 7 machines:

  • Download the View Client HERE, follow the link and click on the appropriate platform for download.
  • Remote server to connect to:
  • The system will then prompt you for your username/password, enter your assigned ECE username/password.

To connect to the Red Hat Enterprises Linux machines:

  • Visit
  • Select your Operating System, and select X-Win 32 (Windows) or Fast-X (Coming Soon to Windows/Mac OS). 
  • Click on the Order Services Link in the product description. Click on "Site Licensed Software Request" and follow the remaining instructions.
  • For any questions or issues, contact either the OCIO:, or by phone: 614-688-HELP (4357) 
  • Or contact ECE Site Staff Members:
  • To connect to any of the machines in DL557 use: through, or the remote access machines rh050, 51, 52.
  • The system will then prompt you for your username/password, enter your assigned ECE username/password.

Note: The speed of the connection and "usability" of the system is determined both by your personal connection speed and the number of people logged on physically and remotely. 

If a particular machine is unusually slow, checking another machine would be the best step. Machines 50, 51, 52 are more powerful and therefore will generally run faster.

Additionally, opening a terminal window and typing "uptime" will allow the user to see the number of people logged in to that particular machine.


Keycard Information

All ECE LTF labs as well as both buildings (Dreese and Caldwell) have 24x7 keycard access.

Access is granted to all ECE account holders, which include all students taking ECE classes in the current academic term.

Keycard access control lists are generated each term based on SIS enrollment information. SIS reports are pulled the week before classes begin and then again in the first and third week of the quarter. These access control lists are then submitted to University Key/Card Control which controls the keycard readers.


If your keycard is not working

  • and it is the quarter break or the first week of the quarter, rosters may not have been processed yet. Individual keycard requests will not be processed before that time.
  • and you registered late for classes, please wait before you submit your keycard request. We will rerun keycard lists in the third week of the quarter and you will be granted access at that time.
  • and you are not currently taking an ECE class, then you will not have appeared on the SIS reports from which access is granted. ECE students who pay the Engineering Computing fee, regardless of the ECE enrollment status, qualify for keycard access. If you believe you fall into this category, send a note to and provide detailed information about your situation.
  • and you have been patient and still don't have access, send an email to with a subject line of "Keycard Request." In the body of the message include your Name as it is registered with the University, your EMPLID (not your BuckID), your OSU Name.Number, the lab/door you are unable to access and the date and time you attempted to access the lab/door. We will verify your enrollment against the rosters and then submit your information to keycard control. You will get an email from the site staff letting you know that this has been done. Keycard control may take up to two business days to process a request, though they are often much quicker. Try you card periodically over that period of time to see if it works.
  • and you have submitted a request to site and your card is still not working two business days after you have been informed by Site that your information has been forwarded to keycard control, please see the Site Manager.  Be sure to bring your BuckID.
  • NOTE: Never email your BuckID number.  It is now considered "restricted" information by the University.

Ohio State labs: