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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 SSO 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 password).

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

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 and some departments.

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 SSO 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 password).
  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.

Regulations and policies applying to use of University ICT facilities – the definitive list for University regulations.