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Kindle support on the TCDconnect service

We are pleased to announce that students with Kindle devices may now register for the TCDconnect service and connect to the student Wi-Fi network.  Instructions on how to connect are available by following the link below.

Connecting Kindle devices to the TCDconnect service

Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) now supported on TCDconnect service

We’re glad to announce that Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is now supported on the TCDconnect service for students.  Since the release of Yosemite in late October, IS Services have evaluated and tested this new operating system to ensure it is compatible with College IT infrastructure and systems for those using the TCDconnect service.

Some Wi-Fi issues have been noted worldwide by those who have upgraded to Yosemite.  Apple have released an update (version 10.10.1) to resolve some of these issues, and so we recommend that if you are using Yosemite you run the Apple Software Update to install the latest update.

If you are using this operating system and experience any issues registering for the TCDconnect service or using College IT systems, please contact the IS Services Helpdesk.

Staff and postgraduates should note that Yosemite is still being evaluated and tested for those connected to the wired network in College offices and labs or to the staff Wi-Fi service.

McAfee home versions support now available for TCDconnect service

We are happy to announce that we have added the following home versions of McAfee Anti-Virus software to our list of supported anti-virus software for the TCDconnect service:

  • McAfee Antivirus
  • McAfee Antivirus Plus 2013*
  • McAfee Home
  • McAfee Internet Security
  • McAfee LiveSafe 2013*
  • McAfee Security Center 2013*
  • McAfee Total Protection 2013*

*McAfee have just released the 2014/2015 versions of Anitivirus Plus, LiveSafe, Security Center and Total Protection. These latest versions are not yet supported on the TCDconnect service. Support will be added as soon as it becomes available from our suppliers. Microsoft Security Essentials is provided as a download during registration as an alternative until support for these new versions is available.

TCDconnect – End of support for Windows XP, Mac OS 10.5 & WPA1, 1st July

We’d like to remind students using the TCDconnect service of some upcoming changes in the requirements for using the service.  To retain a high level of security for everyone using the service it is necessary to remove support for operating systems and technologies that could be a security risk.

Software security updates are no longer provided for Windows XP or for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and so, from 1st July 2014, it will not be possible to connect to the TCDconnect service from computers running these operating systems.   Since the start of the year we have been in regular contact with students who had registered such devices this year to inform them of this change.

Another change affecting a small number of people using the TCDconnect service is that support for a Wi-Fi security protocol called WPA1 will also be removed on 1st July.  The vast majority of Wi-Fi devices support the WPA2 protocol and our instructions for connecting to the TCDconnect service have advised the use of WPA2 since the start of this academic year.

If you have any questions relating to these developments please contact the IS Services Helpdesk.

Whatsapp, Viber, Google Hangouts

We are pleased to announce that students can now use Whatsapp, Viber and Google Hangouts on the TCDconnect service.

Guest Wi-Fi service upgrade

At the start of May 2014, we introduced an application upgrade to the Guest Wi-Fi service which purges expired accounts from the system which improves performance for creating new accounts.

 

TCDconnect service upgrade

IS Services are happy to announce that the planned upgrade of the TCDconnect service has been completed successfully.  The upgraded service is now fully operational and we thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding during the brief interruptions to the service that were required to carry out the upgrade work this week.

The growth in students bringing their own devices into College has risen dramatically over the last number of years.  In the current Academic Year we recorded the highest usage ever with approximately 12,000 students connecting over 18,500 desktops, laptops and mobile devices to the TCDconnect service.

With this upgrade College now have a service that can continue to meet the growing demand into the future and allow the rollout of new features that were not available in the older version of the software, such as:

  • Support for a wider variety of mobile devices, such as Windows RT, adding to the existing support for iOS and Android
  • A new ‘remote registration’ feature that we hope to offer in the coming months.  This will provide students with the ability to register their device with the TCDconnect service before arriving on campus.

IS Services

Vacancies for Network Access Advisors for Academic Year 2014-2015

Are you good with IT? Do you like helping people and are you good at explaining things? Are you looking for a part-time work during the Academic Year? If you answered yes to these questions then you might be just who we are looking for. We are currently recruiting Network Access Advisors, who will work part-time over the new Academic year, helping fellow students to connect their Laptops and Mobile Devices to the College Network.

For further details, including the full job specification and details on how to apply online, please visit TCD Vacancies – https://jobs.tcd.ie

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday, 17th June 2014. We are ideally hoping to fill these positions with Trinity College registered students in the first instance.

Windows XP PCs in Offices & Labs – Disconnection Schedule

Since May 2013 we have been in regular contact with those still using Windows XP in College to inform them that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP on 8th April, 2014.  The majority of people have now upgraded or replaced their Windows XP PC.

As previously notified, from 8th April we will be remotely disconnecting those Windows XP PCs still on the College network in offices and labs, or on the staff wireless network, on a department-by-department basis.  The disconnection schedule is provided below.  If you work in an area of College with local IT support, then please contact the relevant person to discuss the action required in your case, or if you need further advice please contact the IS Services Helpdesk.

  • Accommodation Office – Tuesday 8th April
  • BioSciences Building – Tuesday 8th April
  • BioResources – Tuesday 8th April
  • Botany – Tuesday 8th April
  • Business – Wednesday 9th April
  • Catering – Wednesday 9th April
  • Central Societies – Wednesday 9th April
  • Chemistry – Thursday 10th April
  • Civil Engineering – Thursday 10th April
  • CLCS – Friday 11th April
  • CLT – Friday 11th April
  • Crann – Friday 11th April
  • Director of Buildings – Monday 14th April
  • Drama – Monday 14th April
  • Economics – Monday 14th April
  • Ecumenics – Monday 14th April
  • Education – Tuesday 15th April
  • Electron Microscope Unit – Tuesday 15th April
  • Electronic Engineering – Tuesday 15th April
  • Engineering – Tuesday 15th April
  • English – Wednesday 16th April
  • Facilities – Wednesday 16th April
  • Financial Services Division – Wednesday 16th April
  • Genetics – Thursday 17th April
  • Geography – Thursday 17th April
  • Geology – Thursday 17th April
  • Graduate Studies – Thursday 17th April
  • Haematology – Thursday 17th April
  • Hispanic Studies – Thursday 17th April
  • Histopathology – Thursday 17th April
  • History – Thursday 17th April
  • HR – Tuesday 22nd April
  • Innovation – Tuesday 22nd April
  • International Office – Tuesday 22nd April
  • Irish – Tuesday 22nd April
  • ISS – Tuesday 22nd April
  • Italian – Tuesday 22nd April
  • Law – Wednesday 23rd April
  • Library – Wednesday 23rd April
  • Mechanical Engineering – Wednesday 23rd April
  • Medicine – Thursday 24th April
  • Microbiology – Thursday 24th April
  • Molecular Med – Friday 25th April
  • Natural Sciences – Friday 25th April
  • Neuroscience – Friday 25th April
  • Nursery – Monday 28th April
  • Nursing and Midwifery – Monday 28th April
  • Occupational Therapy – Monday 28th April
  • Pharmacognacy – Tuesday 29th April
  • Pharmacy – Tuesday 29th April
  • Philosophy – Wednesday 30th April
  • Physics – Wednesday 30th April
  • Physiology – Thursday 1st May
  • Physiotherapy – Thursday 1st May
  • Political Science – Thursday 1st May
  • Psychiatry – Friday 2nd May
  • Psychology – Friday 2nd May
  • Public/ Community Health  – Friday 2nd May
  • Radiography – Tuesday 6th May
  • Russian – Tuesday 6th May
  • Secretaries Office – Tuesday 6th May
  • Senior Lecturers – Wednesday 7th May
  • Senior Tutor – Wednesday 7th May
  • Social Studies – Wednesday 7th May
  • Sociology – Thursday 8th May
  • Sport – Thursday 8th May
  • Student Counselling  – Thursday 8th May
  • Students Union – Thursday 8th May
  • Surgery  – Friday 9th May
  • TAP – Friday 9th May
  • Vice Provosts Office – Friday 9th May
  • Zoology – Friday 9th May

Removal of ‘Keep Alive’ page for students in residences

As part of service improvement works a change was made in recent weeks to speed up the process of accessing external internet resources for for those students connected to the wired network in residences.  For such students it is now no longer necessary to use the ‘keep-alive’ web page in order to gain external internet access.  Instead the authentication details used to connect to the TCDconnect service are sufficient.