Information for Short Term Visitors to Math Department

  • Visitors & Others

Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania. This document will lead you through the process of accessing the University’s computing resources.  If you have any questions, please contact the Math Department’s Local Support Provider (LSP).

Chris Leary
IT Support Specialist, Sr.


Short-term visitors are considered to be those that are not on payroll and are usually here less than a semester. Faculty may sponsor visitors as well.


Step 1 - Getting your “PennKey” for Internet Access to Penn’s Network

See Monica in the Math office for a guest PennKey. She will need a picture ID at the time of your request.

Step 2 – Getting your office space.

Please see Monica to arrange for office space and/or computer access. Your Penn key will log you into the visitor machines.  



Wireless Airpennet:

Guest Pennkey holders may use the wireless network by authenticating via the AirPennNet-Guest webpage.


Wired networking:

If you'd like to use wired networking, please register your computer's Wired Ethernet Adapter here:

Instructions for determining your computer's MAC address can be found here:


Departmental UNIX Account (

The math department runs a Linux server named “”.  It provides web hosting and backed up file storage for the Linux desktops.  All “hans.math” account holders will also automatically gain login access to the math Linux desktops.  For an account on, please see Monica Pallanti. She will need your Penn ID Number (found on your PennCard).

The math department deploys Linux based desktops for all grad students, and faculty or staff members who request them.  The home directories for the math Linux desktops are hosted on hans.math.  Home directories are currently backed up every 4 hours but are subject to file quotas (an hourly snapshot is also available on hans.math under /home.snapshot).  Additional local storage (which is not backed up) is provided under /local_storage. (Caution: Linux machines are updated yearly and material not backed up may be deleted.)


Departmental Printers

Please visit the following link for information on Departmental Printers: