Proxy Configuration for the BNL Network

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Internet Explorer PC Users
Netscape Browser 8.x PC Users
Netscape Navigator &
Communicator
PC Users
FireFox PC Users | Mac Users
Safari Mac Users
Other Software Programs Other

Note:  If you have a question that is not addressed in these pages, please send an email to itdhelp@bnl.gov.



Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x and up

  • From the main screen, click [Tools], and then select [Internet Options]
  • Select the [Connections] tab
  • Under [Local Area Network (LAN) settings], click on the [LAN Settings] button
  • Make sure [Automatically detect settings] checkbox is the only box selected
  • Click [OK], then [OK] again to close the preferences window
  • That's it!

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Netscape Browser 8.x

  • From the main screen, click [Tools], and then select [Options]
  • Under [Browser Options], select [General]
  • Under [Connection], click [Connection Settings...] button
  • Select [Auto-detect proxy settings for this network]
  • Click [OK], then [OK] again to close the preferences window
  • That's it!

 

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Netscape Navigator/Communicator

  • From the main screen, click [Edit], and then select [Preferences]
  • Expand the [Advanced] menu by clicking on the sign, and select Proxies
  • Select [Automatic proxy configuration URL]
  • Enter the PAC file URL: http://wpad.bnl.gov/wpad.dat
  • Some users may see a [Reload] button, which they should click
  • Click [Ok] button to save the settings
  • That's it!

 

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FireFox (Windows/Mac OS X)

For Windows

  • From the main screen, click [Tools], and then select [Options]
  • Click the [Advanced] image and then select the [Network] tab
  • Under [Connection], click the [Settings] button
  • Select [Auto-detect proxy settings for this network]
  • Click [OK], then [OK] again to close the preferences window
  • That's it!

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For Mac OS X

  • From the main screen, click [Firefox], and then select [Preferences]
  • Click the [Advanced] image and then select the [Network] tab
  • Under [Connection], click the [Settings] button
  • Select [Auto-detect proxy settings for this network]
  • Click [OK], then click the red dot to close the preferences window
  • That's it!

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Safari (Mac OS X)

Built-in-Ethernet or AirPort Connection

  • Click on the [Apple] icon on the top-left corner
  • Select [System Preferences...]
  • Under [Internet & Network], click [Network]

The settings below can be applied to both the [Built-in Ethernet] and [AirPort] settings
From the [Show] drop-down menu, [Built-in Ethernet] or [AirPort]

  • Select the [Proxies] tab

If [Configure Proxies] is set to "Manually"

  • Scroll down and check off [Automatic Proxy Configuration]
  • Enter the PAC file URL: http://wpad.bnl.gov/wpad.dat
  • Click the [Apply Now] button to save your changes
  • Click the red dot to close the [System Preferences...] window




If [Configure Proxies] is set to "Using a PAC file"

  • Enter the PAC file URL: http://wpad.bnl.gov/wpad.dat
  • Click the [Apply Now] button to save your changes
  • Click the red dot to close the [System Preferences...] window

Note: If you are using a browser other than Safari, you will need to edit your preferences for that browser to auto-detect proxy settings.

If you are using Mac OS X and have difficulties resolving the name for wpad.bnl.gov you will have to configure your machine to recognize this as a valid domain. This article from Apple.com explains how to make the change: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107800

If you continue having problems after rebooting, please contact the ITD Helpdesk at (631) 344-5522 for assistance.
 

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Last Modified: September 23, 2013
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