Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2017     Views: 217

An IP address provides the location of a particular connection to the Internet and is expressed by four series of digits separated by dots. All networked PCs within the University have IP addresses beginning with 149.170. Electronic services providers can, therefore, easily identify whether you are accessing their service from the University network.

Some electronic service providers overcome the potential for misuse of their products by not providing off-campus access themselves and by restricting access to the Manchester Metropolitan range of IP addresses.

Most of our resources use IP address recognition in conjunction with a system called EZproxy, which channels all of your connections through our proxy server, both on and off campus. This makes all of our users appear to be on campus.

We use the University's Shibboleth server to handle logins to both EZproxy and the few resources that require a direct Shibboleth login.