Accessing services from Laptops

Connecting to the eduroam or MATHS networks

Please refer to this page to find out how to connect your machine to a wireless network (eduroam or MATHS).

eduroam network

This is a wireless network used in many places around the university and other universities.

See the remote access to IT services page which lists different methods of remotely accessing different services.

You can also connect to departmental printers from outside the department by following the relevant print configuration instructions.

MATHS network

This network is purely within the department so less flexible than eduroam if moving around but may provide additional access to maths specific services although the aim is to make as many services available as possible regardless of the network connection. You may also find it useful to see the remote access to IT services page which lists different methods of remotely accessing different services.

MATHS Untrusted subnet restrictions

Any personal equipment that requires traffic to be routed using the MATHS departmental IP network is considered untrusted and as such may only be connected if the owner has an active computer account and uses an authenticated connection as per the connection instructions for the MATHS network (also see the IT policy). Once connected, the equipment will be on a separate network with specific traffic routing policies.

In addition when connecting with a windows machine we offer:

  • \\\ - Serving network printers
  • \\\ - Serving connections to your UNIX home directory.
  • \\\ - Houses numerous software applications that may be installed locally to your machine, e.g. Emacs, MiKTeX, SSH.

Setting up printers on Windows clients

To use the printing facilities, click Start->Run and then type \\ Double click the printer you wish to install.

The share drivers contains drivers requested by users for various operating systems. A specific driver for the printer you are trying to connect may already be in this location. Please check here first, but if you discover your driver is not there, please download one from for your use. If you have trouble finding a driver, please send an e-mail to and we will make one available in drivers.

Setting up printers on Macintosh clients

The most recent version of the printing system we are using on the UNIX system supports IPP (the Internet Printing network Protocol) and MacOS X uses this protocol by default. To print simply select the printer you require from the "Shared Printers" menu under the printer selector in the print dialogue box.

Accessing your home directory from Windows clients

In the summer of 2005, the Institute moved over to using a single password to authenticate all it's systems. Any accounts created since June 2005 should already have the passwords in synchronisation. Older accounts may require the user to visit one of the computing officers to have their password synchronised. If you can log into the Windows computers around the department then your passwords are synchronised. Users may then connect to \\\home\username and supply their username and password to view their files.

Accessing your UNIX home directory from Mac OS X clients

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) can also access their home directory via smb:// by following the following procedure. From the finder select "connect to server" in the "go" menu. In the dialogue box that opens type the name of the machine you're connecting to (without the quotes) as "smb://". You can use the "+" button to add this to your list of favourite servers. Click connect and you are now presented with a dialogue box to select the share you wish to access. Before doing so click authenticate and enter your maths username and password into the appropriate fields. Having done so and clicked ok you return to the share selection list and you should see your username listed as a share. Select this and your home directory will be mounted, with an icon for it appearing on your desktop.

If you are using an earlier version of Mac OS X, you will need to specify the name of the server that holds your home directory as part of the path: smb://