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Ask Ben - Your Laptop on the Net - both at School and at Home?

Ask Ben - Your Laptop on the Net - both at School and at Home?
How do I use my Laptop on the Internet, both at School and at Home?

Dear Ben, 

My laptop works fine at home, but does not at school. How do I use my Laptop on the Internet, both at School and at Home?

John Owen
Sheffield

Dear John 

This is a question we are frequently asked. In schools the broadband connection goes via a separate server, called a proxy server, which filters out unsuitable content. Unfortunately, when you get home, the internet will not work properly unless the proxy server is de-selected.

This means changing the settings every time you go home or to school – an extra hassle you can probably do without.

A neat way to speed this up is to use a proxy switcher. This is a free piece of software – available for download from our website – which quickly allows you to switch between home and school settings.

The proxy switcher does require an initial set up – have a word with your IT technician – but once it is up and running life should be made much easier.

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