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Proxy Server Setup using QrKeys

Some school networks use proxy servers, which cache and filter Internet traffic. Some proxies require authentication and will modify their filtering policy depending on the credentials used. Android OS is, currently, not capable of processing proxy pacs. If the proxy settings available, it may be entered manually or by QrKey. If entering proxy settings manually is preferred, please click here. Otherwise, the instructions for QrKey setup are available below.

NOTE: Please be sure that the tablet is logged in to the preferred network that the proxy settings should be applied to, otherwise the QrKey will not work properly. 

CONNECT TO PROXY USING QRKEY

The easiest way to enter proxy settings into multiple devices is by using a QrKey. To create a Proxy QrKey, complete the following steps.

  1. Log-in to the edredi portal > click on the 3-barred icon >then click QrKeys
  2. Click Proxies to see the Proxy QrKey generator. 
  3. Enter the information that applies to the proxy settings. If the field does not apply to the proxy settings, it may be left blank.
  4. Once the information has been completely entered, the QrKey for the proxy settings should already be generated and ready for scanning at a mass scale.
  5. Highlight the QrKey and then copy and paste it to a Word document for later use. 

EXCLUSIONS

The Exclusions field of the Proxy Qrkey Generator pertains to the "ByPass Proxy For" option in the Android Settings. The Exclusions field is where the URLs that need to be bypassed is entered, particularly if the school server is running an intranet website or a website from a local server that only the students will be accessing from home. Normally, if there is a list of URLs that need to be entered, commas would separate the URLs and the http:// will not be needed. For example, if the ByPass Proxy list looks like this:

  • http://mail.schoolname.edu/mysite
  • http://intranet.schoolname.edu

then the URLs would be entered into the Exclusions field like this:

  • mail.schoolname.edu, intranet.schoolname.edu

 IP addresses can also be entered into Exclusions and are normally preferred, especially if the URLs are internal websites:

  • 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.111

Android devices are not able to use hostname prefixes like desktop computers can. For example, the short hostname below will not work:

  • http://mail/mysite

 The reason for this is because desktop computers can be configured to know that the default search domain is "schoolname.edu". Therefore, the Exclusions field will require the full URL address or Fully Qualified Domain Name. In this case:

  • mail.schoolname.edu

If a secure URL needs to be entered, the https:// and the port number may need to be included:

  • https://mail.schoolname.edu:443 <--- (port number)

 If further assistance is needed attaining the correct URLs for the school's network, please contact the network administrator.

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