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Connecting to the internet

Wired ethernet connections and wireless networks (wifi) are widely available throughout the University and colleges, including some outside areas like the University Parks.

Every college and department chooses how to set up access in their own buildings but the eduroam wireless service is the most widely available. It provides internet access not only in Oxford but in academic institutions around the world with the same username and password.

Generic instructions for connecting to eduroam

  1. Activate your Oxford username

  2. Generate a Remote access account. This uses the same username as your Oxford SSO account. For security, use a different password to your Oxford SSO account. (Read the Security advice about choosing your passwords).

  3. Use the Eduroam Configuration Assistance Tool (CAT) to help you set up eduroam.

Alternative instructions

  • Activate your Oxford username and create a remote access account as above.
  • Access the wireless network setup option on your device
  • The SSID is eduroam in lower case

  • The username and password comes from your remote access account. Username for eduroam should be of the form

  • The authentication domain is If prompted for an Outer or Roaming Identity (may also be known as Anonymous Identity) specify (nothing in front of the @ sign)

  • Wireless type: The device must support WPA Enterprise

    The device should automatically switch between WPA/TKIP and the newer WPA2/AES (which may be called WPA2-Enterprise on the device) based on what the access point it connects to is serving. Some clients (eg MS Windows) do not do this and hence require two profiles, one for each type.

  • The EAP type is PEAP, if asked for a sub authentication type use EAP-MSCHAP v2

  • The root certificate authority is AddTrust which may be listed as AddTrust External CA Root

  • RADIUS servers: If asked, the RADIUS servers to authenticate against are and If you have to enter them ensure that you enter both otherwise connection might not be possible if one of the pair is unavailable.

More detailed instructions can be found on the IT Services eduroam pages.

Other sources of information

If you have the choice of using a wired ethernet socket or a wireless connection, the wired connection will generally give a higher speed and more stable connection. You will need an ethernet cable.

Email and internet access are also available from computer clusters located in colleges, some departments and IT Services.

Away from Oxford

Most University services are accessible from off-campus in the usual way, sometimes through an Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) login. However, some internal services are only available from outside via the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service (eg over a broadband connection).

To obtain and configure VPN software

  1. Activate your Oxford username
  2. Generate a Remote access account. For security, use a different password to your Oxford SSO account. (Read the Security advice about choosing your passwords.)
  3. You must use approved VPN client software. This includes the Cisco VPN client and some native clients. Check valid clients and get configuration instructions. Download Cisco VPN client from the registration web site.

    iPhone and iPod Touch already includes the software so iPhone/iPod users do not need to download anything else.

  4. Follow the Configuring VPN on your computer notes on the IT Services Help website.

Restrictions on networked applications

The University network has a finite data capacity which is shared between all members of the University. Some colleges and departments may place restrictions on some 'peer-to-peer' (P2P) applications to avoid excessive consumption of limited shared resources. Please check with your local IT staff.

You are also reminded that file sharing of copyrighted material is illegal and could result in prosecution.