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Do you need to keep on-site IP authentication?

Switching off on-site IP authentication will help futureproof your institution against piracy.

Also, it means you can receive the most granular authentication reports OpenAthens can offer.

Your users will be prompted to log in once regardless of whether they are on or off site, but you will be able to run reports down to an individual.

You can find more information about reporting here.

Finally, don't miss the reporting section in Step 2 of the onboarding guide.

There is no need to manage two sets of links for on-site and remote authentication.

A single Redirector link will take care of both access methods simultaneously.

When used with IP bypass addresses Redirector links will direct your users to their chosen resource without having to enter their username and password.

They can also be used with link resolvers and portal tools such as library catalogs as they provide a static link you can use as a prefix for target URLs.

Users will be logged by IP address when on-site. When they are accessing from a remote location, more granular statistics are also available.

We recommend adding your on-site IP addresses to the Redirector bypass zones. This allows you to bypass OpenAthens authentication at locations where the resources will allow access via IP authentication.

For more information on how to set up IP bypass and add your IP addresses click here.

Redirector links are used for two reasons:

  • When used with IP bypass addresses, they allow your users to go directly to their chosen resource without entering their username and password.
  • They can also be used with link resolvers and portal tools such as library catalogs as they provide a static link you can use as a prefix for target URLs.

More information on Redirector links.

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Get in touch with your implementation team

If you have a question about onboarding, please get in touch with your onboarding lead. If you are not sure who that is, send us an email at contact@openathens.net