Wired network connection

Network Connections for Personal Computers

All student rooms, including those in Ship Street and the college flats, are fitted with direct high-speed (10/100 Mbps) internet connections. These are provided free of charge to support your academic work at the college, and to enable you to communicate easily with friends and family. All you need is a computer with an Ethernet cable and adapter.

Get Connected

Connecting your computer to the wired network:

1. Ensure that your computer is set to receive updates automatically (e.g. Windows Update (Windows), Software Updates (Mac OS X)).

2. Ensure that you have anti-virus software installed, and that you have a subscription to receive updates. Many computers come with trial AV software which expires after a couple of months and is then useless. 

3. Ensure that your firewall is enabled

4. Connect to an ethernet point with an Ethernet Cable (available from the Lodge for free) and open a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) and if you haven’t been redirected, try to access the internet (e.g. www.google.co.uk). You should be redirected to our Registration Server. Register as a Member using your COLLEGE account (username will be your first initial followed by your surname, eg nphelps - you will have set this up before you arrived) by following the on screen instructions. 

5. If you have problems, it may help to temporarily disable your wireless. If your computer was previously set up manually to use a different network, these settings may need to be removed. 

Terms of Use:

Use of the college network is subject to the terms in the Acceptable Use Policy, and any breach of these regulations is likely to lead to disciplinary action being taken.

Wireless network connection

Connecting to the Wireless Network

Instructions for connecting to the wireless network are available for Windows 7 & XP and Mac OS X. The official wireless network will appear as JESU-WLAN.

Guests should use JC-GUEST, regardless of where you connect from. Your computer will automatically pick up the strongest signal available.

How to set up JESU-WLAN on your Mac, for Jesus College students

College Wireless Networking

There are a number of wireless hotspots in college, including the MCR, JCR, Habbakkuk Room, Periodicals Room, Library, Fellows Guest Room, Harper Room, Fellows Resource Room and the Fellows Library. In addition to this the entirety of the Ship Street Centre is also wifi accessible. You are welcome to use these: instructions for connecting up are linked from the College Wireless networking page.

Personal Wireless Networking

Please note that the use of personal wireless network devices on the college network is STRICTLY prohibited. This is due to security and network implications that arose in the past from the use of “home broadband” type wireless devices. A loan scheme for high-grade wireless access devices are available for a £100 deposit, refunded on the return of the device. 

Any unauthorised access points found will be removed from the network and confiscated, the owner will have an internet block placed on them until they have had a disciplinary meeting.


VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Some services such as downloads from department websites can only be accessed by a computer based within the University.

A VPN provides your computer with a virtual connection to the university network. Your computer then acts as though it were based in Oxford, and you can access full university services.

Remember that whilst your VPN is on you are part of the Oxford network so don’t do anything you wouldn’t do when connected to eduroam or JESU-WLAN.

Full documentation for using the VPN can be found at the Oxford IT services here