SSC Network Services for Laptop Users
This Help Note is intended to assist laptop users gain access to the full range of services offered on the Social Science Centre (SSC) Network.
To obtain Network access, laptops must either use a direct connection to the SSC Network or a wireless connection to the Western Wireless network. Note that, unlike desktop computers that are typically members of the SSC domain and have transparent access to SSC Network services, laptops only have Internet access by default. Using a laptop, however, you can still access most of the same services as desktop users by following the simple procedures outlined in this Help Note.
Authentication refers to the process by which you identify yourself as an authorized user. In order to access SSC Network services, you will need to use your UWO user name and password.
Note: When connecting to SSC Network resources from a laptop or computer that is not a member of the SSC domain, you will need to prefix your user name with uwo\ as depicted in the examples below.
Wireless users can connect from any campus locations that currently provide wireless service. Popular locations include most public areas, the DB Weldon library, and most locations in the Social Science Centre. To view wireless locations on campus, and obtain assistance with connecting to the wireless network, visit the Western Wireless web site at:
Direct network connections within the Faculty of Social Science can also be used in the following areas:
- Faculty and staff offices
- Computer rooms in SSC 1012, 1014 and 1020
- The graduate student offices in Room 1120
- Graduate student offices and cubicles located in Social Science academic departments
To obtain a network connection for a private office, or to obtain information about direct connections available in the other areas mentioned above, refer to:
Every user with a Social Science account automatically receives a Personal Storage drive for storing personal and course/research related files and documents. Establishing a connection to your H: and/or U: drives is a one time process. Once connected, these drives will be available to you from anywhere on campus and can be used to save or retrieve files and documents.
Note: Western firewall restrictions prevent access to your personal drives from off-campus. The Remote Access Service described below, however, can be used as a work around to this restriction.
To establish a connection to your personal storage use the Map Network Drive... feature of Windows XP:
Start > My Computer > Tools > Map Network Drive...
In the Drive and Folder fields, use the following specifications (substituting your actual user name in the folder specification):
|Student Personal Storage Drive||U:||\\sscstudent.ssc.uwo.ca\student$\username|
|Faculty/Staff Personal Storage Drive||H:||\\ssc-venus.ssc.uwo.pri\sschome$\username|
|SSC Network Course Library||L:||\\ssclibrary.ssc.uwo.ca\userlib|
|Shared Administrative Folder*||W:||\\ssc-venus.ssc.uwo.pri\sscadmin$|
|Shared Project Folder*||P:||\\ssc-venus.ssc.uwo.pri\sscprojects$|
|*Note that if you do not have a folder assigned to you then you will see no folders listed in W: or P:.|
The following screens illustrate the connection process for a student with the fictitious user name of jbdoe99:
Tip: After entering the Drive and Folder, make sure the Reconnect at logon is checked.
Next, click on the connect using a different user name link. Here you enter your UWO user name in the form:
as in this example:
Once you have entered your password, click OK and Finish to complete the drive mapping. You will now have your personal storage drive connected to your computer.
The SSC Network provides access to a number of printers that are available for both public and private access depending on your status. For example, all students have access to the following printers:
|Public VendaCard Printers (*)||SSC Location||Network Path Name|
|Student Use Laser Printer||Room 1020||\\axis.ssc.uwo.ca\vendaprint1020|
|General Use Colour Printer||Room 1020||\\axis.ssc.uwo.ca\vendacolour|
|Graduate Student Use Laser Printer (24/7 access)||Room 1038||\\axis.ssc.uwo.ca\vendaprint1038|
(*) Output sent to public printers can be released and paid for at the locations noted. Payment is made via a standard Graphic Services Debit Card. To view the current printing charges and obtain more information, visit the Printing web page at ssnds.uwo.ca/printing.asp.
Faculty and staff members can be granted access to departmental printers located on the network. Although the procedures for connecting to a departmental printer are the same as described in this Help Note, the Network Path Names for departmental printers are not published here. Faculty and staff are requested to contact Ali Hammound (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain assistance with connecting to a departmental printer.
As with network drives, establishing a connection to a network printer is a one time procedure. Once established, however, connections will only work from on campus due to Western firewall restrictions.
To add a new printer connection on a Windows XP computer, click:
Start > Printers and Faxes > File > Add Printer
This will start the Add Printer Wizard. Click Next> to begin the process and select the network printer option as follows:
Once the network printer option is selected, click Next>.
On the screen that follows, you must select the Connect to this printer option and enter the Network Path Name from the previous table of public printers.
The following example connects to the public student laser printer located in SSC Room 1020:
If connecting to a private departmental printer, enter the Network Path Name provided to you by your departmental administrator or email@example.com.
After clicking Next> you will be prompted for your UWO user name and password. Prefix your user name with uwo\ as in the following example:
The screen that follows allows you to make the newly added printer your default printer. Select Yes or No as desired.
After a successful connection has been made to the network printer, you should see a window similar to the following:
Students can access services and software available on the Social Science Network remotely by using the Remote Desktop Connection(ssnds.uwo.ca/helpnotes/remoteaccesservices.asp).
Faculty and Staff can access their own personal files remotely by using the Western ROAMs (Remote Office Access Management System) provided by ITS. To learn more about ROAMs and how to use it please refer to ssnds.uwo.ca/helpnotes/usingroams.asp.
Links to related information have been provided throughout this Help Note. These, and links to a few additional resources are summarized below:
|SSC Network Resource||Web Address|
|Getting Started on the SSC Network||ssnds.uwo.ca/helpnotes/|
|Remote Access Service||ssnds.uwo.ca/helpnotes/remoteaccessservice.asp|
|Remote Access to Your Office Computer||ssnds.uwo.ca/helpnotes/remoteaccessoffice.asp|
|Teaching and Computing Rooms||ssnds.uwo.ca/rooms.asp|
|Social Science Network and Data Services||ssnds.uwo.ca|
Also from this web page:
.: Heather Stevens
Network & Data Services
519 661-2111 ext. 83595