Oxford Wireless LAN

2006-11-09

in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters, Oxford

While it may not be obvious, there is indeed a certain amount of university-run wireless networking in Oxford. Network availability is quite limited, but at least one of these seems to seep into the room where my developing world seminar is held.

In order to use the network, you need to register for a remote access account and get a Cisco VPN client. Mac configuration is detailed here. It is annoying that you need to install special software for the VPN, given that Mac OS X can handle normal wireless networks perfectly well on its own. This means that you cannot access the VPN (say, to use electronic resources) from any computer on which you are not allowed to install software.

Hopefully, wireless networking will rapidly become more widely available in Oxford. That said, I have serious doubts about whether any such change can occur rapidly within such a disaggregated and complex system.

PS. Another OUCS service well worth looking into is their HFS backup system. It is especially valuable for people with finicky and easy to steal laptops:

Three copies of your data are made, each to separate tapes; one copy is held in the automated tape library; the second, in a fire-proof safe located at OUCS and the third in a fire-proof safe at an offsite storage facility outside Oxford.

Snazzy, no? It is only available for graduate students.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anon @ Wadh November 9, 2006 at 5:14 pm

50GB of backup space? Very nice indeed. They should really advertise that better.

Milan November 9, 2006 at 5:31 pm

It is very nice, thought the setup is a bit tricky. I would guess that sharply limits what proportion of graduate students and faculty actually make use of it.

Milan November 10, 2006 at 3:37 pm

The wireless network may not exist in too many places, but it is zippy.

Pages load faster than they do on my wired connection in Church Walk, though the download rates for big files are much lower.

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