Configuring your Web Browser to use the Proxy Server

Which browser is best to use?

You should check with Yale ITS for the most current information on recommended browsers. We have found that most browsers are compatible with the proxy server. Here are a few special considerations:

  • Mac Users - . Safari, Firefox and Chrome are all compatible with our proxy server.
  • Windows Users - All popular browsers appear to work well with the proxy server including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.  Chrome uses the Windows proxy server; the sames ones used by IE. DSL users may find the configuration more difficult in IE than in Netscape or Firefox but all will work.
  • Many users find it convenient to configure one Web browser to use the proxy server which they will use to access Yale resources and leave another browser "unproxied" for all other Web applications.  For the above reason, select Firefox and one of the other browsers to accomplish this.

 

Configuring the Proxy Server on Mobile Devices

It is possible to configure the proxy server on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad though you may do this only with a WiFi connection; not with a 3G or 4G data connection. Configure the proxy on your WiFi network by going to Settings>Wi-Fi and tapping the ">" symbol to the right of the Network name.  You will need to do this setup for any WiFi network you wish to make a proxy connection from. Select Manual  under HTTP Proxy and enter the Server (proxy.med.yale.edu), Port (3128), your proxy Username and Password.  To turn off the proxy, return to HTTP Proxy settings and change Manual to Off.

If you have a Yale NetID, use the VPN on your remote device by downloading the Cisco AnyConnect VPH client.

Configuring your Web Browser to use the Proxy Server

Don't configure your browser until you receive the email with your proxy password. Your password will often come the same day you apply but it may take several days before you get a response.

It is not possible to fully document all of the variations for every combination of OS version, browser version and connection configuration. That said, these configuration instructions should work for most everyone.

Configuring Mozilla Firefox (for both Windows & Macs)

   Get directions with screenshots for Windows (PDF)
   Get directions with screenshots for Macs (PDF)

  • Open your Web browser.
  • For Windows: Under "Tools", select "Options"
  • For Macs: Under "Firefox", select "Preferences".
    • Select the "Advanced" category icon and then click on "Network" tab
    • Click "Settings" next to "Connection: Configure how Firefox connects to the Internet"
    • Select "Manual proxy configuration"
    • Next to "HTTP Proxy" enter: proxy.med.yale.edu
    • In the field labeld "Port:" enter: 3128
    • Enter the same server name and port address for "SSL Proxy"
    • Click "OK" (or "apply" of the Mac) until you've closed all dialog boxes.
    • The first page you go to after enabling the proxy will generatea dialog box requesting a User Name and Password. Enter your email address for username, and the password you received.
Configuring Internet Explorer (for Windows Users) 

   Get directions with screenshots for Windows (PDF)

  • Open your browser. Under the 'Tools' menu, select 'Internet Options'
  • Click on the 'Connections' Tab
  • ***IF CONNECTING THROUGH A DIALUP MODEM or SOLO DSL CONNECTION (i.e. no LAN, only one computer connected)
    Under 'Dialup Settings', highlight the dialup networking profile you use for Internet access. Then click on the 'Settings' button to access options for that specific dialup session.
  • ***IF CONNECTING THROUGH CABLE MODEM, DSL ROUTER or LAN
    Click on the box "LAN Settings...". then check the box next to 'Use a proxy server' in the 'Proxy Server' section
  • Click on 'Advanced'
  • Go to the box next to HTTP: in the column 'Proxy Address to Use' and type: proxy.med.yale.edu
  • Go to the next space in the column labeled 'Port' and type: 3128
  • Enter the same server name and port number for "Secure"
  • Click on 'OK' to save settings until all boxes are closed
  • The first page you go to after enabling the proxy will generate a dialog box requesting a User Name and Password Enter your email address for username, and your proxy password.

Configuring Safari

   Get directions with screenshots for Macs (PDF)

  • Open Safari. Under the "Safari" tab select "Preferences".
  • Select the "Advanced" category icon
  • Next to "Proxies:" click on "Change Settings" (this will open the System Network Preferences)
  • Make certain that the correct connection method is in the "Show" window (e.g. airport, built-in ethernet)
  • Check the box next to "Web Proxy (HTTP)", then enter proxy.med.yale.edu in the first field and 3128 in the field labeled "Port".
  • Do the same for "Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS)"
  • Click "Apply" and then close all dialog boxes.
  • The first page you go to after enabling the proxy will generate a dialog box requesting a User Name and Password. Enter your email address for username, and the password you received.