Can't play online multiplayer PC games at university Watch
Surely I can't be the only person who has endured this, has anyone else had this problem and is there any way to get past it?
I haven't actually tried one yet so I don't know if it would work. However, any website or webpage containing 'VPN' is inaccessible using their WiFi but I go home every weekend so would I be able to just download it at home and use it at university?
Think of the firewall as a sieve with hundreds of holes. Each hole has a number. This is the port number. Some of the holes (ports) are blocked intentionally by the people who manage the firewall. You, as a student, cannot change anything on the firewall, so you cannot unblock any of the blocked ports.
If you're using a laptop that has the ability to have a mobile sim card installed in it, you could get a sim card, then you won't be using the uni's Internet connection, but it does mean you're paying for your own Internet connection and usage. If you can't put a sim card in your laptop you can get a USB sim card dongle (make sure it is unlocked or not locked to a specific network, and make sure it is 4G, not just 3G).
Alternatively, you could turn on connection sharing on your phone, then connect your laptop to your phone (usually via WiFi or Bluetooth - your phone will tell you which), but again you're paying for the data usage via your phone sim card. If you go down this route, make sure you check how much data is included with your phone sim contract, and regularly check how much you have used because laptops use a LOT data more than phones.