This section describes how to make network connections in order to access U of S online services and outlines special offerings available to assist with acquiring laptop or desktop computers.
Computer Programs for Faculty – Programs are available to assist faculty in purchasing computers from the Campus Computer Store. Newly appointed, full-time, tenure-track faculty members are provided a new computer at no cost, while current, full-time, tenure-track faculty may be eligible for funding to assist with the renewal of their computer. Eligibility for these programs is determined by the respective colleges. Faculty can choose from a selection of laptop or desktop options. More information is available from the Campus Computer Store at Staff and Faculty Purchasing Programs ».
Laptops 4U – The Campus Computer Store sells laptop bundles that are configured for the U of S wireless network and have anti-virus software installed, Microsoft office installed, etc. They also sell desktop bundles. The Campus Computer Store provides sales, repair, site licensed software, educational discounts, and more. More on Buying a Computer – Laptops 4U »
Research Computing –When you are thinking of applying for computing support for your research group, please contact ICT Unit IT Support or Research Computing. They can consult with you to get the best fit for your needs.
The U of S has negotiated a site license for the anti-virus software Sophos. This software is available free of charge to you for as long as you are an employee of the U of S. Anti-virus software is a requirement to connect your computer to the campus network. More on Anti-virus software – Sophos »
There are other malicious software out there that may not be detected by anti-virus software, as they do not fall into the areas defined as viruses. There is software like Spybot Search & Destroy that are available to help prevent these from infecting your computer. More on blocking spyware »
Most offices and labs are wired for the campus network. You need a desktop or laptop computer (available from the Campus Computer Store), an Ethernet cable and your NSID. Plug your computer into the network, start up a web browser and follow the instructions to register your computer. More on the university Wired Network »
The wireless network is a way for you to use the WiFi capability of your laptop to access the University network and the Internet without wired connections. A large portion of the University is covered by the "uofs-secure" wireless network. With a compatible laptop you can roam within a wireless network area and connect to e-mail, PAWS, shared folders, printers, the World Wide Web and more. Check the Saskatoon campus Wireless coverage map. The university wireless network is also available in Saskatoon hospitals through special arrangement with the Health Region. More on the Wireless Network »
Of course the university wireless network is also available for smartphones, tablets and similar mobile devices. Specific instructions for configuring many popular mobile devices can be found in the Mobile Device Setup Guide. Connect to the secure wireless service "uofs-secure" and you'll need your NSID.
Two vendors (Shaw and SaskTel) provide high-speed Internet service in Saskatoon. There are a variety of bundles and payment options, but with educational pricing it costs roughly the same from either vendor. Home Internet service is available through the Campus Computer Store. More on Internet Access from Home »
Secure Remote Access – VPN– While you are away – at conferences, in the field or visiting other institutions – you may have need to access facilities at the U of S. There is a service called Virtual Private Network (VPN) that permits you to login on the campus network securely from other sites. More on Virtual Private Networks »
Access to Full-Text Articles Online– The library provides electronic access to the full text of articles in several journals. This requires access from a campus computer. While a VPN connection will permit you to browse to the articles, the library also provides a proxy service to allow you to access these resources. More on the Library's off-campus service ».
Wireless Access at Remote Sites – EduRoam is a service that permits you to access the internet via wireless networks at other cooperating institutions using your U ofS NSID. Connect to the University of Saskatchewan's EduRoam service from your portable computer before you leave, in order to correctly set your environment. More on using EduRoam ».
Wireless Access for Visiting Colleagues – The U of S wireless network allows guests to use it when visiting the University. Two types of guest access are available—one for your invited guests such as visiting researchers or instructors and conference attendees, and one for members of the general public. More on requesting access for guests »
IT Resources for Visiting Faculty – Visiting faculty who are at the U of S for an extended period can get access to a wider array of IT services. Visiting faculty must be sponsored by a department or college in order to be eligible for access to additional IT resources. The visiting faculty member must complete and submit an account request form and include a memo from their sponsor indicating their length of stay. Once temporary status has been granted, visiting faculty members have access similar to a U of S instructor. For more information contact your local IT support staff or contact the ICT Help Desk.
EduRoam for Visitors – Visitors from participating institutions can use EduRoam to access network services via the U of S wireless network. The visitor must get help on using EduRoam from their home institute, and should have configured EduRoam at their home institution, though they can connect here without having done that. More about EduRoam for visitors
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