Configuring Safari (for Mac)

Note that these instructions are here purely for reference. The University does not support Apple Macs on its network. The images displayed here may differ slightly between Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion.

To use Safari (and many other web-based applications) on an Apple Mac, you need to configure your Mac to make use of Rhodes proxy servers. You do this as follows:

  • Open System Preferences by selecting the System Preferences icon from the Dock. It's the one with a switch (on older versions of OS X) or with gears (OS X Leopard).
  • Now find the Network settings icon (it's under Internet & Network) and click on it. This will open the Network dialogue box.
  • If you're in residence, or anywhere else that uses a wired connection, make sure that Ethernet is selected on the right hand side. If you're using the wireless network, you want to select Air Port(Note: In Mac OS X 10.7 Lion AirPort is called Wi-Fi). Then click on the Advanced... button on the bottom right of the Network dialogue.
  •  On the Advanced pane, chose Proxies from the tabs at the top (it's usually second from last).
  • Change the drop-down entitled Configure Proxies: to say Using a PAC file. You should fill into the PAC File URL: box.
  • Now click on OK to close the Advanced dialogue, and then click on Apply in the Network dialogue.

In newer versions of Mac OS X the Proxies tab looks like this:

  • Check the box next to Automatic Proxy Configuration.
  • In the box labelled URL type

You may also want to set up your computer to automatically detect any proxies that are used (Note: This option is only available on the latest versions of Mac OS X). Instead of selecting Using a PAC file orAutomatic Proxy Configuration, select Auto Proxy Discovery.

This will allow you to use the Rhodes proxy when on campus and not need to switch it off when using internet off of campus.

Last Modified: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:07:38 SAST