Connecting to the Internet
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
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).
- Use the Eduroam Configuration Assistance Tool (CAT) to help you set up Eduroam.
- Activate your Oxford username and create a Remote Access Account as above.
- Access the wireless network setup option on your device
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 (e.g. MS Windows) do not do this and hence require two profiles, one for each type.
RADIUS servers: If asked, the RADIUS servers to authenticate against are
radius1.oucs.ox.ac.uk. 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
- IT Services Network web pages - configuraton instructions
- Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL) Service and Eduroam
- ouls-reader network used in some libraries
- College IT Information
- Departmental IT Information
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 (e.g. over a broadband connection).
To obtain and configure VPN software
- Activate your Oxford username
- Generate a Remote Access account. For security, use a different password to your Oxford SSO Account. (Read the Security advice about choosing your passwords).
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.
- Follow the Configuring VPN on Your Computer notes on the IT Services web site.
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