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Long-term Wireless Access

Summary

  • Long term account (>= 8 days).
  • The wireless networks are called central (unsecured) and eduroam (secure).
  • Users must register with EASE and then register a separate wireless password before being able to access the network (assuming they are using central or a locally generated eduroam account).
  • Users who already have an eduroam account from their own institution should use their own EduRoam credentials. Note that you must append "@mydomain" to the usual login name (e.g. Joe Bloggs from Edinburgh University would use jbloggs@ed.ac.uk). If you do not already have access to EduRoam, you will be able to obtain access using your Edinburgh visitor account (if requested).

Registration

Before you can start to use the wireless networks fully, you must first register with the university's central authentication system, called EASE. Once you have done this, you can then access the wireless registration page. Both registrations only need to be carried out once.

You can either do this from your own laptop or use the Windows PCs in 5313 to set your EASE and wireless password. Your school contact can give you the door code for 5313.

When you register to use EASE, in a similar manner to many web services (such as internet banking), you will be asked to choose 3 security questions (2 from a standard list, 1 entirely of your own devising) to supply answers to, along with a security password, for use in the event that you forget your EASE password (which you will then be asked to set).

It is a good idea to start thinking about what you want to choose to use for your security question/answer, security password and your EASE password, before you start to register.

Registering with EASE

  • Start your browser and go to the EASE registration page: http://www.ease.ed.ac.uk/register.
  • In the What is your university username box type in the username given to you by I.T. support.
  • Enter your initial registration password (given to you by I.T. support) then tick the box to accept the university's Computing Regulations
  • Click the Continue to next step box.
  • Next you will be asked to complete a series of security questions and answers, for use in the event that you forget your EASE password. Once you have completed this step, click the Continue to next step
  • Next you will be asked to set your own EASE password. Tick the box to also use this password for logging into Windows (Active Directory). If successful you will see the message Your EASE account is now ready to use.
  • After you have registered successfully, the initial registration password that was given to you is no longer needed. Whenever you access services protected by EASE from now on, you will use your new EASE password that you have just set.
  • Unfortunately, this is quite a long process, but as EASE is used to control access to many of the University's services, it is very important that the registration process keeps security in mind. You will probably find that you will need to login using EASE to various University services at various times during your visit.

Registering with the Wireless Server

Now that you have registered with EASE you can gain access to the wireless registration web page.

  • Start your browser and go to the Wireless registration page: https://vpnreg.ucs.ed.ac.uk/ease/selfreg.cgi.
  • The EASE login window will appear if you have not already logged into EASE.
  • Login using the EASE password that you just set
  • Now you will see the web page that allows you to set your own wireless password. Type in a password. We would strongly recommend a different password from the one used with EASE.

Now you are ready to use the wireless networks with our laptop.

Eduroam Wireless Network

EduRoam is an international networking service whereby users at academic institutions can use their home site's network access credentials at other EduRoam sites. The EduRoam wireless access point is called eduroam.

We strongly recommend that visitors configure their device for EduRoam access at their home institution (if participating in EduRoam) before departing for Edinburgh, so that you can be sure it has been set up correctly and will be ready for you to use.

If you do not already have access to EduRoam, you will be able to obtain access using your Edinburgh visitor account (if requested). Please note that the School does not have the resources to be able to provide dedicated assistance for configuring and troubleshooting wireless connections. If you require further information, please refer to the Information Services webpages on using the wireless network, or if you need assistance configuring your device, you must make an appointment with the IS Helpdesk at the Darwin Library.

Coverage

The vast majority of offices in the School of Maths are able to access the university wireless networks. Most lecture theatres, conference rooms and meeting areas are also covered.

Printing

Users of the central-wpa network can setup their laptop to print to the School's external network printers.

Central Wireless Network

Users need to have the wireless connection on their laptop setup for DHCP (i.e. it needs to be setup to automatically request network information when it finds the wireless network).

Once you have connected to central, fire up your Internet browser and it will automatically be redirected to the wireless server login page. If this does not happen, check if you have a proxy address set in your browser settings and if so, turn it off.

Login using your username and the wireless password (not your EASE password) that you have just set. After logging-in successfully, you will then  be able to access the internet. Note that you need to login via the web first, even if you only want to connect to the internet for non-web services such as email, ssh, etc.

Coverage

The vast majority of offices in the School of Maths are able to access the university wireless networks. Most lecture theatres, conference rooms and meeting areas are also covered.

Printing

For security reasons, certain protocols are not allowed on the central network. This means that you cannot print to any network printers.

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