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Access to Library e-resources changing shortly

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Until now free internet access to the US Library Services’ subscription based electronic resources were managed by a setting in users’ browsers.

This setting, known as the PAC file, consists of a list of the electronic resources the library provides free internet access to. It mainly consists of agent and subscription e-resources, although, in some cases, exceptions were made to make subject specific resources available for free. Due to the ongoing decrease in internet costs this privilege will be suspended from 1 July 2012.

Due to the increase of e-resources on the internet, as well as the recent upgrade of the campus firewall and SANReN connection, the browser setting is no longer a practical method to gain access to free internet. In future free access to e-resources will only be available on the library’s website. Users can create new bookmarks from the Library’s e-database list  in their browsers if they still need access.

This new method is applicable to desktop computers, as well as laptops on and off campus. From July 2012 users no longer have to change the configuration of their browser on their laptops when they switch between working at home or the office.

Take note that you do need to use your Inetkey at all times for access to these free e-resources when working on the campus network.

These changes will be applicable from 1 July 2012.

Article supplied by Wouter Klapwijk, Information Technology, Library and Information Service

Someone broke my internet!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Not quite. But all of a sudden your NXInetkey isn’t working and your only connection to the outside world has been cut off. Don’t panic, your internet’s still there – just better.

On Monday, April 2, 2012, a new firewall was implemented to provide better internet services. The full speed of the 10GB SANREN internet connection can now be utilized and internet speed and transmission will improve accordingly. The transition also necessitated the phasing out of the existing NXInetkey. A new application running from within a browser will be available from 2 April 2012.  The new application will be compatible with more devices, including mobile devices.

Internet access can now be obtained via any web browser by going to https://inetkey.sun.ac.za.

For access to the internet, keep the webpage  open at all times. If the page is closed, your internet access will remain open and active for 15 minutes and then disconnect. To close your internet access, click on the CLOSE button on the Inetkey webpage. If you unintentionally close the page and want to disconnect from the internet, just go back to https://inetkey.sun.ac.za and Inetkey will disconnect automatically.

For additional information on the new Inetkey, browse to www.sun.ac.za/newfw.

New firewall improves internet services

Friday, March 30th, 2012

On Monday, 2 April 2012, a new firewall was be implemented to provide better internet services. The full speed of the 10GB SANREN internet connection will now be utilized and internet speed and throughput will improve accordingly. The other good news is that internet tariffs will be reduced as from 1 April 2012.

The transition also necessitates the phasing out of the existing NXInetkey. A new application that will run from within a browser and will be compatible with more devices, including mobile devices, will be available from 2 April 2012. NXInetkey will not work anymore. Internet access can be obtained via any web browser by going to https://inetkey.sun.ac.za. Another link will be available to use a VPN connection from home. More detailed instructions for VPN users will follow soon at http://www.sun.ac.za/newfw.

Progress on the implementation of the new firewall will be available at http://www.sun.ac.za/newfw

Latest on internet connectivity

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Due to the current high load and number of connections the university’s existing firewalls cannot cope as well as usual with the current amount of traffic.

We have already received the new cluster of 10Gig Fortigate firewalls and are in the process of  implementation and the expected date of completion will be in two weeks’ time. At the same time IT will also be upgrading the 250 Meg total bandwidth and 145 Meg international bandwidth as soon as the new firewalls are in production.

 

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