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Using the OSU Proxy Server

What does the proxy server do? Why do I need to use it?

The proxy server caches Internet data. When a user makes a request to download a webpage the proxy server retrieves the file, sends it to the user, and keeps a copy in its memory. When another user requests the same webpage the proxy server simply sends them the copy from its own memory rather than downloading the file again.

The result is that subsequent downloads of the same file are much faster. Also, because files are not downloaded from the Internet as frequently, the proxy server helps reduce network traffic.

Will my Internet activity be tracked?

Individual usage is NOT monitored. It is not the purpose of the proxy server to limit or track users' access to any particular site or files. The intent of the proxy server is simply to increase network efficiency.

Passwords, credit card numbers, and web forms are not cached by the proxy server. Also, secure (SSL, port 443) web sites are not routed though the OSU proxy server.

Configuring your web browser to use OSU's Proxy Server

Internet Explorer - Windows

  1. Click on "Tools" menu (or the little picture of the gear in the upper-right corner) and choose "Internet Options."
  2. Choose the "Connections" tab and click on "LAN Settings."
    • Check "Automatically detect settings."
    • Click "OK."
  3. Close Internet Explorer and reopen.

Firefox - Windows

  1. Click on the "Firefox" menu and choose "Options.", then "Options" again
  2. Choose "Advanced" tab (at the top).
    • Click on the "Network" tab.
    • Click on the "Settings" button.
  3. Select "Auto-detect proxy settings for this network."
  4. Click "OK."
  5. Close Firefox and reopen.

Chrome - Windows

  1. Click the "Wrench" (upper right corner) then select "Options"
  2. Click "Under the Hood"
  3. Click "Change proxy settings..." under "Network"
  4. Click "LAN settings" under the "Connections" tab
  5. Check "Automatically detect settings"
  6. Click "OK" until back to your browser

Safari - Macintosh OSX 10.5 Leopard

  1. Click the "Apple" (upper left corner) then select "System Preferences."
  2. Click the "Network" control panel.
  3. Select "Airport" (or Ethernet depending on which connection you use) in the left column, set Location to "Automatic."
  4. Click the "Advanced" button
  5. Click the "Proxies" tab, at Configure Proxies select "Automatic Proxy Configuration"
  6. Click "OK", then "Apply"

Safari - Macintosh OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.7 Lion

  1. Click the "Apple" (upper left corner) then select "System Preferences."
  2. Click the "Network" control panel.
  3. Select "Airport" (or Ethernet depending on which connection you use) in the left column, set Location to "Automatic."
  4. Click the "Advanced" button
  5. Click the "Proxies" tab, at Configure Proxies select "Automatic Proxy Configuration"

Firefox - Macintosh

  1. Click on the "Firefox" menu and choose "Preferences."
  2. Choose "Advanced" (at the top).
    • Click the "Network" tab.
    • Click on the "Settings" button.
  3. Select "Auto-detect proxy settings for this network."
  4. Click OK.
  5. Close Firefox and reopen.

Chrome - Macintosh

  1. Click the "Wrench" (upper right corner) then select "Preferences"
  2. Click "Under the Hood
  3. Click "Change proxy settings..." under "Network"
  4. Click "Proxies" tab, at Configure Proxies select "Automatic Proxy Configuration"

Manual Configuration Settings

Some applications and web browsers require you to manually set the proxy server. The OSU proxy uses the following information:

Server: proxy.oregonstate.edu
Port: 3128

Connection Issues

If you are receiving the following error, please read how to resolve the issue below:

"ERROR

The Requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the URL: http://www.google.com

The following error was encountered:

  • Access Denied

Access Denied. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/using-osu-proxy-server#error this link for more information.

Your problem is most likely the result of your computer using a proxy service. To remedy this you can try the following:

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools at the top of the screen, then select Internet Options.
  3. Click on the Connections tab.
  4. Under the heading, “Local Area Network (LAN) settings” click “LAN settings.”
  5. Under the heading, "Automatic configuration"
    • Uncheck the box next to "automatically detect settings."
  6. Under the heading, “Proxy server,”
    • Uncheck the box next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN”
    • Uncheck the box next to "Use Automatic Configuration Script" unchecked.
  7. Also in the Connections tab, under the heading “Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settings,” verify that unless you are using a dial-up modem, that the “Never dial a connection” option is selected.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click Tools at the top of the screen, then select Options.
  3. Click Advanced at the top of the resulting window, then click on the Network tab.
  4. Under the heading, “Connection,” click Settings…
  5. Depending on your Firefox, select the "No proxy" or “Direct connection to the Internet” option and click OK.

Safari - Macintosh

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click the Safari menu and select Preferences.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Next to “Proxies:” click Change Settings…
  5. In the drop down box next to “Configure Proxies:” select Manually.
  6. Uncheck all of the boxes under “Select a protocol to configure:” then hit OK.

If this did not solve your problem, or if you have any other questions, please contact us.

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