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Configuring Web Browsers


Before January 2009, internet users on Reading Campus had to go through web caches to access the World Wide Web. After this date, the requirement was removed and it was possible to access sites directly. The web caches were kept running so that  there was time for people to update their browser settings.

From 30th October 2009 the web caches will be turned off, and if your browser is still configured to use the web caches you will no longer be able to access the internet. Changing your web browser settings is straightforward.

Updating your Connection Settings

Most web browsers have similar connection settings. These are normally accessed through a tools menu, and you should look for a connections option. Once you have selected this, you should ensure that you un-select or remove any references to using a proxy server, or a config script. Instead you should select the "Automatically Detect Settings" option or remove all selections.

Below are instructions for Internet Explorer and Firefox, which are the two most popular browsers available.

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

  1. Click on Tools->Internet Options
  2. Select the Connections tab
  3. Select the LAN Settings button
  4. Ensure that all the boxes are unticked
  5. Click OK

Firefox 3

  1. Click Tools->Options
  2. Select Advanced
  3. Select the Network tab
  4. Select Settings
  5. Ensure that the only option select is No Proxy
  6. Click OK


  1. Select Preferences
  2. Click Network -> Advanced
  3. Select Proxies
  4. Untick all options
  5. Click OK

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