Computing facilities at Trinity College and Oxford University

Facilities are provided both by the University centrally and by Trinity College locally.

Central facilities are provided by Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) and include:

All students are required to have a Trinity email address of the form which is provided by the University service called Nexus. (Requirement detailed in the current College Handbook). This does not stop students from having outside email addresses but the University address must be checked regularly or the University (nexus) account must be set to automatically forward email to an address that you do check. All students automatically receive a university email account as soon as their university card is issued. You should recieve a letter with login details with the university card. If you do not then contact Alastair.

Facilities provided by Trinity College include:

There college has the following computer workstations for student use: There are networked A4 laser printers in the Staircase 5 computer room, Library, Rawlinson Road, Stanley Road and 106 Woodstock road (stav). The Staircase 5 printer is a colour laserjet. All the public computers run Windows with Microsoft Office and use of any of them requires an account on the college file server. This also provides students with a safe place to keep academic files that can be accessed directly from most computers in the university and through any web browser using the Remote Desktop service.

To attend evening meals in hall you must signup on the web:
Documentation was put into each lodge pigeon hole at the start of the year and is available from:

There is a selection of downloadable College forms at:
These include grant application forms, party request forms, vacation residence, college hadbook etc....


Connecting a personal computer to the University computer network (ethernet)

To connect a computer to the University network requires the machine to have a working ethernet network card (not a modem) with a standard RJ-45 connector. The Oxford University Computer Services shop (13 Banbury Road) (Tel: 73204) sell cards for PCs and Macs (including laptops). Donít forget to buy an Ethernet cable. Note: Most modern machines come with an ethernet card built in. Use of the network is a privilege that is not guaranteed and carries responsibility to follow the University computing regulations. The full text may be seen at but these may be summarised as legal, decent and honest. Any machine that causes a problem will be disconnected from the network.

A particular problem that has appeared in recent years is that of peer-2-peer file sharing. University regulations which all students sign up to expressly forbid the use/participation in any file sharing network. Software such as bittorrent, kazaa, morpheus, winmx, bearshare and (many) others is BANNED. Such software may not even be installed on any machine that is connected to any part of the University network. If you have been using such software at home it must be completely uninstalled before coming to Oxford. The penalties for violation include immediate disconnection, fines and (very rarely) expulsion. So far (as at August 2008) only 2 students in the whole University have ever been expelled for peer-2-peer file sharing abuse. The College and University operate a zero tolerance policy towards this regulation.

The College uses DHCP as a method of automatically assigning internet (IP) addresses. This has several advantages, the most obvious of which to users is that machines may be moved from one site to another without having to manually change any network settings. This is especially useful to laptop owners who can not only seamlessly move from the college main site to the outside properties but also to the college library which has network sockets in the basement and some of the University Bodleian library reading rooms. If you think you have a need for a fixed IP address then just ask! Anyone caught trying to use a fixed IP address that hasnít been assigned to them will be disconnected.

Microsoft Windows XP and Vista use DHCP by default and should 'just work'.

Mac users:
Select DHCP for the IP address configuration.

Unix users:
Most modern intel unix distributions are set by default to use DHCP to obtain an IP address. Also all the free intel unix distributions can be installed over the network with networking configured to use DHCP.

Instructions for connecting to your personal file space on the college file server (DISPY) from a computer in your room/lab are here:

Printing from personal computers

Microsoft Windows:

  • Install the HP Universal Print Driver and then for each print job specify which printer you want the job to go to.
  • The Staircase 5 printer (an HP Colour Laserjet 4700) is is called
    Located in the computer room - Staircase 5 Room 10.
  • The Library printer (an HP M5035 MFP) is called
    Located in the basement of the library.
  • The Rawlinson Road printer (an HP Laserjet 4200) is called
    Located in 18 Rawlinson Road.
  • The Stanley Road printer (an HP Laserjet 4050) is called
    Located in 33 Stanley Road.
  • The Staverton Road printer (an HP Laserjet 4350) is called
    Located in 106 Woodstock Road (stav).

  • See the screenshots
The 4 printers are all A4 postscript HP Laserjet printers. Print by 9100 (HP Jetdirect) or LPD (queue is RAW) to:

Colour Printing
This is available free for academic work - A4 only. The Staircase 5 computer room printer ( is a colour laser.


Web Browsing

Microsoft Windows users sometimes have the problem that ISP software they use at home configures the Internet Options control panel to always try and dial out using a modem instead of using the ethernet connection. Open the Internet Options control panel, click Connections and make sure its either set to never dial a connection or dial whenever a network connection is not present. Also check under LAN settings that the use proxy server box is NOT ticked.

There have been many security holes found Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer. It is vitally important that all machines are set to automatically check for windows updates (this is the default anyway) and that these are installed if you are prompted.

Bodleian Library Network Databases

The Bodleian Library offers many databases to members of the university over the network. This service is web based:

Anti-Virus Software

Virus infections are getting more and more common. The consequences range from minor irritation to completely wiping the computer's hard disk. The university has a site licence for Sophos Anti-Virus and the software can be VERY easily installed from the network. The software will then check with the network each time the computer starts up and will quietly update itself if there is an update (daily on average). This is very easy and a no-hassle solution to the problem for the rest of your time here:

Note: It is a requirement detailed in the college handbook that any computer running any version of microsoft windows MUST have auto-updating anti-virus software installed. It is not sufficient to get a new computer that comes with an anti-virus package that is never updated or only updated for a limited time. Unless you know that your software is updating or you are updating it then it won't be up-to-date. New viruses come out all the time so unless your software is auto-updating then it will soon be ineffective. It is considered a bad idea to have 2 anti-virus packages installed on a computer at the same time since they can conflict. You are advised to remove whatever package you have (use the add/remove programs control panel) and install SOPHOS over the network. If you need any help or are in any way unsure wether you have sophos installed and updating then please email support @ immediately.

Mini Hubs and Switches

If you have more than one machine that you wish to connect to the college network then you may attach one hub or switch directly to any network socket in your room. Daisy chaining one hub/switch off another is not permitted.

Wireless Networking

There are a number of University wireless access points around the college main site. To access the network through one of them you need to first install the University VPN client. Details are here:

The College has banned students from using any of their own wireless sharing devices or access points in a college room. All rooms now have 100Mbps or Gigabit switched ethernet connections fitted and there are many spare network sockets in the library. The security risks of allowing students to bring in wireless access points or base stations is too great. If you have any such wireless equipment then please leave it at home.

Please report any problems to support @

Alastair Johnson
Tel: (2)79925
Mobile: 0789 063 0809
Office: St5, Rm7