As part of a University-wide upgrade, we are in the process of implementing a new way of connecting devices to our wired network.
When a device connects to the wired network, an appropriate access level will be automatically determined by your account.
If your device is not pre-registered, then you will have to authenticate using your University Account. As with Wi-Fi, Guest Accounts can also be used and created through the captive portal.
The way the authentication process works depends on the device; for most Apple Computers and some other devices depending on configuration, there will be a simple authentication pop-up asking for your username and password.
In all other cases (or if that pop-up authentication fails for any reason), then you would need to go to your browser and authenticate using our ‘Captive Portal’ which is similar to the common experience of using Wi-Fi in public areas like coffee shops, airports, hotels and restaurants.
Open your web browser while connected to the wired network, and a web page (see below) will be displayed. From here, users can sign in with their current University or Guest Account, or create a new Guest Account:
Once a member of staff or student has authenticated on a device, it will be remembered for 90 days. For Guests, it will be remembered for 3 days. After this point, the user will be prompted to authenticate again.
As Wi-Fi is by far the more common way for users to connect to the network, particularly with mobile devices, including laptops that are regularly moved from building to building, we do not anticipate that there will be a significant disruption for the majority of users but if you encounter any issues or have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.