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Browser Configuration


The University of Strathclyde requires the use of a Web proxy service to access the off-campus websites. Your browser must be configured appropriately to access such sites. Note that as well as authenticating to BlueSocket, you will currently also need to authenticate to the proxy servers when you access an off-campus website.

Instructions are provided here for various common browsers. The recommended method of configuring your browser is to use the automatic proxy configuration script.

Internet Explorer

Please note that versions of IE older than 5.5 are not supported.

  1. Select "Tools" from the menu bar
  2. Select "Internet Options"
  3. Select the "Connections" tab
  4. Select "Lan settings..." next to "Edit local area network (LAN) settings"
  5. Make sure "Automatically detect settings" is not checked
  6. Check "Use automatic configuration script"
  7. In the "Address" box, enter:
  8. You should not have "Use a proxy server" checked
  9. Select "OK"
  10. Select "OK"

Other browsers

Configuration of other modern browsers (Firefox/Firebird, Mozilla, Opera, Netscape) should broadly be similar to those given above for Internet Explorer.

Manual configuration

Some older browsers, and many applications that require to access the WWW, do not support automatic proxy configuration. The following instructions for manually configuring a proxy server may be helpful, however you should only follow these if you cannot get the above steps to work. Configuration of a browser manually is less tolerant in the face of system failures, and so it is not recommended where alternatives exist.

In your browser configuration, you should enter the following details where asked for the proxy URL or host for HTTP access.

  • Enter:, with the port 8080

You may find that the initial "http://" is unnecessary.

You should also add some exclusions, for which the proxy/cache will not be consulted. You should always add "", which prevents the proxies being consulted for content within the University. You may have to enter it as "*", depending on the software. There will normally be some help available for guidance. You might also similarly wish to add "130.159" (or "130.159.*.*), and some people may also find adding "localhost" is useful in some circumstances.

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