The NASA HQ Dial-Up service will be decommissioned and will no
longer be available after March 31, 2011.
Dial-up service is being discontinued due to the fact that it has become very costly to maintain the equipment and dedicated telephone lines. NASA is no longer able to justify the expense of this legacy technology, especially given the fact that it is used by a relatively small number of users. In addition, the delivery of service it provides is relatively slow and impedes productivity. Alternatives to the HQ dial-up service are readily available.
Remote Access Options
Remote access to the NASA HQ network will require access to a third-party Internet service provider, either broadband (e.g. Verizon FIOS, Comcast, Cox Communications, etc.) or dial-up (e.g. AOL or NetZero).
Once you have an Internet connection, you have several options for remote access, all of which require a SecurID token. For full functionality, it is recommended to use a NASA-issued laptop for remote access. Options include:
Additionally, wireless Aircards and MiFi Hotspots, which allow for Internet access through the cellular telephone network, are available for temporary check-out through the HQ Equipment Loaner Pool . You may contact your supervisor or IT POC to discuss the option of having your organization purchase an Aircard or MiFi Hotspot as a permanent Internet connectivity solution.
Many NASA applications and Web sites now require you to be connected to the NASA HQ network to gain access. To connect to the network from outside the HQ building, you need a SecurID token. This token is a critical element for telework and continuity of operations during emergency situations.
To learn about options for connecting to the NASA HQ network, visit the Remote Access Web page .