This article contains instructions for configuring the web proxy using the Firefox browser on a Mac running OS X.

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 Mozilla Firefox.

The following instructions were produced using Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Firefox 3.5.3. Please remember that as long as you are using the web proxy you must adhere to the rights and responsibilities that the University imposes. Some sites may also be inaccessible whilst using the web proxy.

Connect to the web proxy

  1. Open Firefox, select Firefox from the menu and select Preferences...

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  2. Click on the Advanced option then select the Network tab. Click Settings...

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  3. Select the Manual proxy configuration option and enter the following settings:

    • HTTP Proxy: wwwcache.port.ac.uk
    • Port: 81
    • Tick the box 'Use this proxy server for all protocols'
    • Click OKtwice to close the open windows
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  4. Close and relaunch Firefox. A login box should appear, enter your computer account username and password and click on OK

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Testing the web proxy

You can test the web proxy connection by browsing to port.ac.uk/directory, if you can view the University telephone directory, the web proxy is working correctly.

Disconnect the web proxy

  1. Login to the web proxy and select Firefox from the menu, thenPreferences...
  2. Select the Advancedoption and select the Network tab.
  3. Change the radio button to No proxy, Click on OK then close and relaunch Firefox.

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