Browsers: Internet Access for University of Maryland University College Applications

Internet Service Providers (ISP)

  • Offer direct access to the World Wide Web via the Internet
  • Provide e-mail accounts
  • Allow customers to publish and store their own Web pages on their servers

ISPs charge either a flat fee or they may charge according to the amount of time spent online (the way telephone companies bill for calls). Learning Experience Online (LEO) users are responsible for locating and selecting their own ISPs and for paying their ISP bills

To use LEO, your ISP must provide:

  • Access to run graphical Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)

Local Area Network (LAN)

If you access LEO via your LAN at work, you have Internet access. If your company has installed security firewalls within the business computer system you use, you may have difficulty accessing certain secure Internet sites in the course of doing tasks in LEO. If you cannot access a site due to firewalls in your computer system at work, you may have to seek alternatives, including the following:

  • If you cannot connect to University of Maryland University College Nova or Polaris servers using SSH/SFTP, ask your system administrator for the IP address at your LAN firewall from which to access University of Maryland University College computers.
  • If you can't access the University of Maryland University College Interactive Student (or Faculty) Information Services Web sites, ask your system administrator for access to port 5443 or contact University of Maryland University College offices by phone, mail, or e-mail to ask staff to access your account for you.

Reducing Internet Charges

Unless you have unlimited service, your costs for Internet use may be high and you may find it helpful to work offline as often as possible to reduce your Internet access charges. Most browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, offer features that allow you to work with web sites offline to minimize Internet connection charges. For instructions see your browser's Help menu.