This article contains instructions for configuring the web proxy using the Internet Explorer browser on a computer running Windows.

The web proxy allows you to browse the Internet as if you were on campus, giving you easy access to online web resources.

Web proxy is no longer the recommended Work Anywhere solution for accessing websites as if you are on campus. Virtual Private Networking (VPN) provides a more comprehensive solution for remote access to University systems and websites.

This article explains how to install and use VPN - Setting up the VPN for remote access on Windows.

If you are unable to install VPN the instructions below explain how to setup Web Proxy on when using Internet Explorer.

The following instructions were produced using Windows Vista and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. Please remember that as long as you are using the web proxy you must adhere to the rights and responsibilties that the University imposes. Some sites may also be inaccessible whilst using the web proxy.

Connect to the web proxy

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select Tools then Internet Options
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  3. Click on the Connections tab and select the LAN Settings button.

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  4. Select the Use a proxy server for your LAN check box, and select the Advanced button.

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  5. Enter the following settings into the first box next to HTTP:

    • Proxy address to use: wwwcache.port.ac.uk (Note: wwwcache is all one word)
    • Port:81
    • Tick the Use the same proxy server for all protocols option and click on OK three times to come out of the internet options windows.
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  6. Close and relaunch Internet Explorer. A login box should appear, enter your network username and password and click on OK.

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Test the web proxy

To test the web proxy, enter www.port.ac.uk/directory into the address bar. If you can view the University telephone directory then the web proxy is configured correctly.

Disconnect the web proxy

To turn off the web proxy:

  1. Login to the web proxy and select Tools then Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Connections tab and choose LAN Settings then untick the Use a proxy server for your LANcheckbox.
  3. Close and relaunch Internet Explorer, you should no longer be prompted to login to use the Internet.

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