Please see the following proxy settings documents:
- Proxy Settings for Internet Explorer - PC (PDF, 506Kb)
- Proxy Settings for Macs (OSX) (PDF, 178Kb)
- Proxy Settings for Firefox (PDF, 245Kb)
UWS Standard Proxy Setting
If you are connecting to the Internet via the University networks (wired or wireless), you must set your browser to use the Automatically detect settings option. Typically, this setting is found under your browser's Tools menu. More detailed instructions can be found in the fact sheets linked above.
Manually setting your browser's proxy configuration is no longer recommended or supported at UWS. Undertake at your own risk.
To receive updates, some software requires users to enter proxy details within the software itself. The setting applies to that software only, and you should continue to use the "Automatically detect settings" option in your web browser.
- Proxy address: proxy.uws.edu.au
- Port: 3128
Private Internet Service Providers
If you are connecting to the internet via a private Internet Service Provider (ISP), you’ll need to set your browser (and other software) to match your ISP’s recommended proxy settings.
Instructions for setting proxies in a number of popular browsers can be found at the start and finish of this page.
If you use a standard UWS computer, the correct settings are provided by default.
However, if you’re using a non-standard or non-UWS computer, you’ll need to check your settings are correct, and manually change them if necessary.
UWS now uses the 'Automatically detect settings' option, which allows service improvements made at the server end to be implemented immediately across UWS.
To assist in controlling internet access costs, UWS uses a proxy server - a computer that caches (stores) web pages accessed by staff and students. The next time the page is requested, it will generally be delivered by the proxy server rather than the original site, thus saving on download charges and improving page delivery speeds. Internal (intranet) sites don’t attract download charges and have no need to access the proxy.
Our system has been setup so that you must use the proxy to access external web sites. If your settings are incorrect, you’ll find you can access UWS Intranet websites normally, but will see errors when you try to leave UWS.
Although Microsoft Internet Explorer is the only web browser supported by UWS, the documents linked below include step-by-step instructions on settings for some other popular browsers (Acrobat Reader will be required to view documents).