Getting Connected

This section contains information on preparing your computer for connection, using the Site-Wide WiFi Network or a network cable and registering your devices.

Before getting connected, you should check the Rules for IT Facilities and make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements for connection to the Somerville network.

Access to the College network and the internet requires your University of Oxford Single Sign-On (Webauth) account or SSO. You should have activated this before arriving at Somerville College, if not then you will need to speak to the College Academic Office who will help you out. Once you have your SSO username and password you can access College public computers see IT Facilities @ Somerville College for details of their location.

To access the wireless network, first you will need to activate your SSO remote access password, this is separate to your main SSO password, but you can do this yourself via the University Self-Registration System.

Once you have activated your Remote Access password (also used for VPN and EDUROAM) you can follow the instructions on the Somerville Site Wide Wi-Fi page.

The first time you connect to the Somerville network at the start of each term you will be asked to register your computer using the self-registration system, you may register upto 5 devices for use within the College, including mobile devices or console devices. Your devices will be un-registered at the end of each term.

Please visit the University Welcome to IT @ Oxford website for general information on IT in Oxford.


Pre-arrival computer check

Before you arrive at Somerville, you can check whether your computer will be compatible with the College Network Policies. This will help you to get online as quickly as possible.

Simply download the client that is used by the registration process in College. This is available at the Remote Scan site.

Download and run the Bradford Dissolvable Agent (BDA) application. The results will tell you if you pass or fail the requirements for connecting in College. If your computer fails you will get details of why it has failed, which will help you update your computer before you arrive.

Connecting to the Somerville wifi

Before You Start:
Check that you understand the IT rules and that your computer adheres to our minimum requirement (see ‘Pre-arrival Computer Check’ above)

Ensure you have activated your SSO Username and password. This is the one that looks something like this some1234 or lina4567. (If you don’t have one, please see the Academic Office/HR Office)

To connect to the Somerville wireless network for the first time there are three steps:

  1. Obtain a remote access password
    Using an internet connected device (you can use your SSO username and password to access any College computer) go to the University’s self-registration homepage and sign in again with your SSO username and password. Choose the second option ‘Activate or Change a Remote Access password’ to create a new remote access password
  2. Connect to the Internet
    Set up a new internet connection on your laptop by clicking on the wireless icon and choosing the network called ‘Somerville’
    The username will be your SSO username followed by @OX.AC.UK (e.g.some1234@OX.AC.UK)
    Please note the capital OX.AC.UK after the @ symbol.
    The password will be your new Remote Access password.
  3. Register your Laptop
    Now when you go to your web browser, you will find a screen asking you to register your device for the Somerville Wi-Fi network. During the following process, your computer will be checked for up-to-date anti-virus software and up-to-date OS service packs.
    Follow the on-screen instructions. When asked for your SSO username and password, use your SSO password not your remote access one.
    Once you have been notified that you have successfully registered your device, you will be connected to the remediation service for the final checks that ensure your computer complies with our safe network policy (mobile devices will not need to go through remediation and should now be ready to use). For laptops, follow the on-screen instructions, updating any failed checks using the links that are provided.
    After each update you will need to re-scan your computer until all checks are successful. You will then be asked to restart your browser.

Registration is now complete and you should have access to the Somerville network.

Computer requirements

Your computer must meet the following minimum requirements in order to access the Somerville Network:

A fully licensed operating system:

Microsoft Windows 10 (version 1903 or greater)
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Apple Mac OS X 10.15.2 (Catalina)
Apple Mac OS X 10.14.6 (Mojave)
GNU/Linux (e.g Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE)

Up to Date Operating System
To ensure your operating system is fully up to date, please run Windows Update on a Windows operating system, or Software Update on a Mac. Install any updates it recommends.

Anti virus software (where available for your operating system)
The University can supply, free of charge to all students, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac and Windows.

Other anti-virus products may not be fully supported and you are advised to consider switching to Sophos.

Anti spyware software
Windows only: Microsoft Windows Defender is preferred
While the College allows the connection of some games consoles, this is purely a best endeavours service and no guarantee of service beyond a network connection is made. The XBox Live service is known to have issues.

The University does not support any “server based” operating system, such as Windows Server 2003, 2008,2012 or Mac OSX Server. This also includes GNU/Linux with any server level daemons running. Machines found to be running these operating systems may be disconnected from the Network immediately.

Appliances designed to share a network connection, such as routers or Apple’s “Time Capsule” are also not allowed on the Netwoek.
Use of Peer to Peer software is strictly forbidden on the University Network and if discovered may result in disconnection.

Register other devices

Please use this link to register any none-browser devices/consoles on the College network:

Register Device

Note: You must have registed a normal device first, you may register up to 5 devices on the College network.

Note: Most consoles do not support 802.1x wireless configuration (wpa2-enterprise) which is used throughout the College, and the University via EDUROAM, some student rooms have wired network ports but we are unable to provide them to every room as support for them is being withdrawn.

Note: Personal network/wireless printers are not supported on the College network, this includes printers offering AirPrint for Apple devices.