FastX is a remote desktop service developed by StarNet Communications, which allows you to connect from your personal machine to our systems using a normal graphical interface as if you were sitting at a department machine. FastX also has far less network lag than using X forwarding over regular SSH.


  1. Set up normal SSH access according to the instructions here:

  2. (Windows users only) Download and set up Pageant, available from the PuTTY page:

  3. Download the FastX Desktop Client from

  4. Configure the FastX Client to connect to our server.

Detailed Instructions

Platform Agnostic instructions

If you have any issues not covered in the above document, contact someone on the technical staff for help.