Connecting to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet
Note that there is now no need to connect to the student WiFi through the proxy as students needed to in 2014.
You can also find these instructions in the Student IT Services Handbook (pdf) which is also available to pick up from the Central Library.
Our friendly Student IT Advisors are also available to help you set up your wireless during library hours - please bring your laptop or other portable device along to the Student IT Desk at the Central Library if you need help setting up.
Using the student proxy
Although in 2015 you don't normally have to go through the student proxy to access the internet, students in residential Colleges using wired connections in their rooms, currently still have to use the student proxy.
Students In St.Margarets, Selwyn, Knox and Salmond College's need to use the proxy on Wifi as well.
Hopefully this will be removed some time in 2015.
If you need to use the student proxy, the two things you will need to know are:
- Server: proxy.student.otago.ac.nz
- Port: 3128
- Authentication options must be ticked and use your University student username and password for access.
On campus, you will get much better service if you don't use the proxy.
If you are in a College where you still need to use the proxy but don't want to use it on campus, one solution is just to set it in Firefox and leave the rest of your computer proxy-free.
Use Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari etc when you are on campus, and Firefox when you are using the proxy at your College.
Come to the Central library to see our technical staff if you need a hand to do this.
Otherwise, the short instructions are:
- Install Firefox (This applies to PC or Mac computers)
- click on the icon with three horizontal lines and choose Options
- Click on the Advanced tab and choose the Network tab.
- Choose Settings and select Manual proxy configuration
- Under HTTP proxy: type proxy.student.otago.ac.nz Port is 3128
- Click OK and close all other boxes.^ Top of Page
Please see the map below for the different locations where wireless is available throughout the University's Dunedin campus:
Please protect your and our computer systems with anti-virus software.
- The University of Otago provides free Sophos Anti-virus software to all students for as long as they are enrolled.
- Sophos Anti-virus Installation Instructions (.pdf, 1.33MB)
- Once installed, Sophos will keep itself updated and your computer protected.
Security Patches & Updates
Download software, security patches, and updates here. These resources can only be accessed if you are on campus. If you’re off campus, you’ll need to visit the following websites to get patches:
Fair use and copyright
Please read the following information to make sure you comply with your responsibilities when using the Internet access provided by the University of Otago: