Technical Note - Web Browser Setup


Normally, the web browsers at ECS are setup for you. If you are setting up a personal machine, or are having difficulties with your account on an ECS machine, you can follow the steps here to setup your web browser to have access to the web.

HELP Some accounts have limited web access (especially first-year students) which is detailed in the Access to Internet Resources Tech Note.


ECS has a web cache proxy server which all HTTP traffic must be routed through in order to access non-Victoria University web pages. Your web browser must be configured to use this cache in order to operate on the ECS network.

The proxy configuration file can be found at:

It is recommended all users use this file, as we may upgrade the file with new functionality.

proxy.pac tries to work out if your browser is running on the VUW network and only direct traffic to the proxy if it thinks it is (as if you are outside the VUW network you will want to go direct).

If you need to configure a direct connection to the proxy note that it is port 8080, but use of the proxy.pac is definitely prefered where possible.

Setting up your browser


Go to chrome://settings , Advanced then Network and click on Change proxy settings and select Use proxy autoconfiguration URL and enter the above address.


Go to the Settings menu and choose Configure Konqueror and click on Proxy. Click Use the following proxy configuration URL and enter the address above.

Mozilla Firefox

Go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences. Click on Advanced then the Network tab. Click the Settings button and then select the Automatic proxy configuration URL radio button. Enter the address above.

Internet Explorer 6

Go to the Tools menu and choose Internet Options. In the window that then appears, choose the Connections tab. Now click on the LAN Settings button. Click on the Use automatic configuration script checkbox, and type the address above.

Internet Explorer 7

In addition to the requirements for IE6, go the the Tools menu and choose Internet Options. In the window that appears, chose the Advanced tab. Unselect the option Enable Integrated Windows Authentication. Click OK, then restart Internet Explorer.

ALERT! This will not fix Windows Update. In order to make WIndows Update work, you need to install the "Windows Support Tools" from a Windows XP CD. Go to Run... from the Start Menu and type cmd. In the new window, type the commands:

ksetup /setrealm ECS.VUW.AC.NZ 
ksetup /addkdc ECS.VUW.AC.NZ
ksetup /addkdc ECS.VUW.AC.NZ
ksetup /mapuser ecsusername@ECS.VUW.AC.NZ "localusername"

then reboot the computer.

Microsoft Edge and Latest IE on Windows 8/10

Follow instructions for IE7. In general, internet options can be opened by

1. Right click Start

2. Click Control Panel

3. Network Internet>Internet Options

Mac OS X

HELP Mac OS X uses a centralised proxy system that most Mac OS X programs will respect. Notably, Mozilla Firefox will not. You should follow the Firefox instructions if you are using that, rather than Safari or Camino.

Open System Preferences. Click on Network. Select "Built-in Ethernet" and click Configure or Advanced. Click the Proxies tab. For 10.4 (Tiger) and below, untick all the proxy servers in the list but check Automatic Proxy Configuration and type the address above. For 10.5 (Leopard), change the Configure Proxies drop-down to "Using a PAC file" and enter the address above. Click Apply Now.

HELP If you use a laptop, you might want to create a new location in the Network preference pane. This will save settings for a specific location. Usually you would have one to use with ECS, and one to use with your home network. You can switch between locations quickly by selecting Location... from the Apple menu in the top-left.