LAN Configuration

In order to use the University’s wireless hotspots you will need a laptop that supports Wi-Fi connectivity and a valid UKZN Network ID.

This guide will help you configure your laptop so that you can connect to the University’s wireless network. Should you encounter any difficulties, an ICT consultant will be happy to check the functionality of the Wireless Network; however, we do not offer support of your wireless device.

Important: We strongly recommend that antivirus software is installed on your Laptop as the University of KwaZulu-Natal will not accept any responsibility for the loss or damage of data as a result of using this service.  The University’s preferred Anti-Virus is Eset NOD 32.


1)      Please ensure that your Wi-Fi device or service is switched ON.

2)      Click on Start, Control Panel and double click on Internet options

3)      Click on the General tab and under Home page type in the following address:

4)      Click on the Connections tab and under Local Area Network (LAN) Settings, click on LAN Settings

5)      Under Automatic configuration, Untick Automatically detect settings and tick Use automatic configuration script. Next to address, type in the following path:

6)      Under Proxy server, tick Use a proxy server for your LAN. Once this is done, type in the following path: Then tick Bypass proxy server for local addresses. Then Click OK.

7)      Your notebook should now be able to connect to internet

8)      Should you experience difficulties connecting to the network, click Start, Control Panel and double click Network Connections

9)      Right click the Local Area Connection icon and choose Repair

10)   If you are unable to connect after Windows has finished repairing your network, Right click on the Local Area Connection icon again and choose Properties.

11)   Under General, scroll down and click on Internet Protocol [TCP/IP]

12)   While Internet Protocol [TCP/IP] is selected, click on Properties

13)   Under General, select Obtain IP address automatically as well as Obtain DNS server address automatically, click OK

14)   Click on Start, Control Panel and double click on Network Connections

15)   Right click on the Wireless icon and choose to View Available Wireless Networks

16)   If you are still unable to view wireless networks, click on Change Advanced Settings

17)   Under Wireless Networks, click Add

18)   Under Association and next to Network name (SSID), type UKZNDATA and Click OK.

19)   Click Advanced

20)   Tick automatically connect to non-preferred Networks, click Close, click OK

21)  If you are still unable to connect, right click on the Wireless Connection Icon and choose Repair.

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