PocketNexus is a single sign-on solution, it allows computer users to access their files, printers and maybe other resources from home, at UW, or anywhere there is internet access and they have a Mac or a PC, an Android, Blackberry10 or iPhone/iPod, all without having to enter one’s userid and password.Your computer doesn’t have to be on nexus, but it will be able to access resources as though it were.
The Mac and PC version are functionally identical; the same instructions work for both.
- Connect you through the VPN (entering your password for you)
- Attach your N: drive (and R: drive for Engineering researchers)
- Attach your favourite printer
- Check your calendar if you use Exchange
- Auto-Log you into CAS-enabled web sites (like Learn, Portal, CMS, ONA)
- Auto-Log into SharePoint
- Allow you to access software acquired from the UW store – either running EXEs/MSIs directly, or downloading and mounting ISOs for installation (Mac+PC). See this in action near the bottom of the page
With PocketNexus you are always within reach of your files printers and other resources.
If you see any issues or have any suggestions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following versions are available:
- Mac: http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/pocketnexus.dmg
- PC: http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/pocketnexus.exe
- Android/BB10: http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/pocketnexus.apk
Frequently Asked Questions
Which operating systems and versions are supported?
Microsoft Windows 7 and 10 are tested.
Apple OS/X 10.10 and 10.11 are tested.
Android/iOS/BB10 are all the current versions.
After each change to the code, we test on each of the aforementioned operating systems.
Why does the video Jump around and make it unusable under Windows
PocketNexus uses accelerated video cards to be portable across platforms. There are bugs in some NVidia drivers that cause the screen to jump around like crazy, this will happen for some video games too. Simply go to the NVidia control panel and use Integrated or Standard video for the PocketNexus app. Or upgrade your drivers to a new version which has the bug fixed.
What website does the browser not work with: X?
PocketNexus uses the default embedded browser of your device's operating system, just like programs like Outlook do. Some web sites are very particular about versions and may not recognize that embedded browser or may confuse it with an older version of a known browser. Sigh. Web applications should be written to work with any modern standard's compliant browser... it's known as Postal's law or the Golden Rule of the Internet to be compatible with EVERYTHING but is not understood by some people.
How do I customize settings?
Pocketnexus keeps a text-based configuration file in your home directory, on Windows (eg. c:\users\erick\.pocketnexus) and on OS/X (/users/erick/.pocketnexus), stored in Windows INI file format.
It is possible to configure the experience by editing this file such as determining the userid, password (encrypted), whether the N: and R: drives are redirected, the default printer, etc.
- Create a [web] section with entries like:
- Create a [sharepoint] section with entries like:
and those entries will be added to the web pages section of pocketnexus.
We intend to add more settings to the file in the future.
When I download applications from the store, where do they go?
In Windows, they are stored in your profile's downloads directory.
On OS/X, they are stored in the root of your personal directory.
In either case, we try to open the ISO image after upload, but sometimes Nero or CD/DVD other software installed on the computer make this difficult.
The UW Store is operated by IST's Client Services group.
Where can I download the official latest version?
http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/ is our storage site.
If you are a web designer wishing to provide links, the application urls - http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/pocketnexus.dmg and http://dark.uwaterloo.ca/pocketnexus/pocketnexus.exe, are where we will always store the latest binaries.
How often are there new releases?
As often as we think of new features.
Whom do I contact with an idea or a bug?
Why does pocketnexus say Engineering Computing?
There are multiple IT groups at the University of Waterloo, this particular software was written by people in Engineering Computing, the IT group for Engineering. These were the same people that started Nexus... though the name was coined at an inspired lunch by Scott Niccol who was then in Science.
Why does pocketnexus work differently of different computers?
Good question. PocketNexus is really a wizard, meaning software which tries to do steps that you might normally do yourself. It has to fight with differences, not only between Windows and Mac ways of doing things, but differences between different versions of the same operating systems, and differences of installed software on each physical computer.
Why does pocketnexus supply login credentials for some web sites but not for others?
Sites that you open specifically from the web menu are auto-supplied.
Sharepoint sites that you open specifically from the sharepoint menu are also auto-supplied. All other sites are assumed untrustworthy and we do not supply credentials. There are many free password managers available that can help with your general Web site password management.
See it in action (about 1 minute) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mld8W-SnIA
- Once logged in, click on the Store to see any software you can access from the UW Software Store.