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I am struggling to connect to the Tor network. I am using a university internet connect which itself requires authentication to connect to. When first connecting to the eduroam network, a user provides there login details, which triggers the download of the authentication certificate that my computer then automatically uses to connect to the network at any later date.

I believe that when connecting to Tor, I must follow all manual config (bridge and local proxy settings), however I do not know how to find the 'Proxy Type', 'Address' or 'Type'.

I am using the latest Mac OS X. Any help would be much appreciated!

EDIT:

The following screenshots show the windows I am presented with during the connection process:

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The final window is where I am struggling to find the correct settings for.

Selecting no proxy, give me the following error message, after an attempted connection:

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  • How did you install Tor? Via homebrew? or downloading the browser from the website? – jamescampbell Jul 28 '16 at 16:46
  • I installed Tor by downloading the browser from the website – Harvs Jul 28 '16 at 17:05
  • ok, my answer below should work then. let me know if you have any questions. – jamescampbell Jul 28 '16 at 17:06
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If I understand your question correctly, you should be able to find the bridges info at bridges.torproject.org.

Download the Tor browser if you haven't already and change the settings in the browser to connect using bridges.

Follow the steps from the link I provided and paste the bridge information it provides you into your Tor Browser. Then you should be GTG.

Note, on that same linked page the Tor staff states another method to get bridge information:

Another way to get bridges is to send an email to bridges@torproject.org. Please note that you must send the email using an address from one of the following email providers: Riseup, Gmail or Yahoo.

So even if you can get a bridge from the website you can email them directly.

Here is what your network settings should look like in the Tor Browser (not the local proxy, I am using privoxy for mine):

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Tor settings location, click on Onion then Tor Network Settings:

onion screenshot

Solution using meek bridge:

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  • Thank you for your response. I have tried using the bridges as you have advised, however I don't think that's where the problem is. The problem is with configuring the 'Local Proxy Configuration'. I assume that I will need to provide my login detains as the 'Username' and 'Password' fields, however I don't know how to find the correct IP address and Port. Any idea how I could overcome this? – Harvs Jul 28 '16 at 17:11
  • in your 'Tor Network Settings' enter your custom bridges. Then check the box that says "this computer goes through a firewall that only allows connections to certain ports". That should get you through and mask your traffic through 443 / 80. – jamescampbell Jul 28 '16 at 17:12
  • In response to your edit; I am not able to open the settings dialog that you have shown above. The only settings I can access are the initial connect dialog which appears at Tor's first open. – Harvs Jul 28 '16 at 17:29
  • @Harvs It is in the Onion icon to the left next to the url bar. Click it, and then click "Tor Network Settings". I added screenshot of onion icon to answer. – jamescampbell Jul 28 '16 at 17:32
  • What I'm saying is that because I've reinstalled Tor, the browser window never opens, the first (and only) window to appear is the connection window. – Harvs Jul 28 '16 at 17:35
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Just start the eduroam VPN normally. Then start Tor like on a normal connection, without configuring any proxies in the launcher (the options you are listing are not for VPNs). And you don't need bridges either, eduroam doesn't censor.

  • Thank you, think is correct; I didn't need any proxies. eduroam doesn't censor but unfortunately my provider does. Heavily! However the above solution using a meek bridge worked for me. – Harvs Jul 29 '16 at 12:15
  • By definition and rules the brand EDUROAM only applies to cable or wireless networks authenticated by University credentials using 802.1X. There are no EDUROAM VPNs. – Rui F Ribeiro Jul 31 '16 at 9:59

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