Ciências has a strong tradition in IT and it was one of the first sites in Portugal with Internet connectivity. Until 2005, Ciências was the connection hub of the University of Lisbon to the Internet. Since then, the connection of the University of Lisbon to the FCCN (Fundação para o Cálculo Científico Nacional), institution that interconnects all the national Higher Education Institutions was handed over to the Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa.
Access to some of the services is limited and requires the establishment of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in advance.
Ciências encourages the utilization of the more recent IPv6 protocol. By December 2015, approximately 80% of the services provide connectivity using a dual IPv4/IPv6 stack. In IPv4, Ciências makes extensive use of the Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, preferably reserving public IP addresses for servers.
Addresses of public services