This guide was created for John of God staff who are currently or will be working from home. It is designed to assist both users who are new to accessing the SJOG network from home and also those who have accessed it previously.
It is vital in this time of emergency that we maintain the integrity and security of the SJOG network.
Access to the network is limited so please ensure to disconnect from your VPN when you are not working. This will hopefully enable staff access critical applications as required.
To access the VPN you must first connect to your home Wi-Fi.
If your home Wi-Fi is not available or not strong enough it is possible to create a Wi-fi hot spot on your mobile phone and then connect your laptop to that.
Please consult steps as outlined in this document.
Save regularly any work in progress (Word docs, Excel etc.) in case the VPN drops.
In the event of loss of connectivity save your work in progress to your desktop. You should upload it later when connectivity returns to your SJOG shared drive.
Should you be working on data of a sensitive nature you may want to delete this saved work in progress from your device once you have uploaded it to the secure SJOG share.
Steps may vary depending on the version of Android you have on your phone.
Make sure you turn off Wi-Fi on your phone when setting up hotspot if not prompted to do so.
Turn off Bluetooth to save on mobile phone battery.
1. Press the menu icon or slide down from top of screen.
2. Press settings.
3. Press Wireless & networks. (Wi-Fi & Internet). Note that this may be nested under “Connections” heading – it will depend on which version of Android is running on your phone.
4. Press Tethering & portable hotspot. (Hotspot & tethering)
5. Press Portable Wi-Fi hotspot (Wi-Fi hotspot) to turn on the function. Again, the wording may be slightly different, depending on the Android version – it may be “Mobile Hotspot”, etc. Turn this on.
6. Make note of:
This is important as you will be prompted for them when connecting to the hotspot.
5. Make note of:
This is important as you will be prompted for them when connecting to the hotspot.
Steps may vary depending on what software version is on your phone.
1. Press the Settings icon – you’ll find the icon among your apps
2. Press the Personal Hotspot menu option.
3. Enable Allow Others to Join.
4. When connecting to your hotspot from your laptop, look for the phone name (in this case Paul’s iPhone) and enter the Wi-Fi password shown here when requested.
If the unlikely event that your Laptop is connected to the same iCloud account as your phone you will not need to enter a password on your when connecting to the hotspot from your laptop.
5.1 Connect using an Android (Samsung etc.) mobile Phone
If you are in a location without available Wi-Fi you will need to use the Wi-Fi hotspot on your mobile phone. To use it use the following steps.
1. Select the Network icon on the taskbar. The icon that appears depends on your current connection state.
2. Select Open Network & Internet settings
3. Select Wi-Fi
4. Select Show available networks.
5. Click on your hotspot (it will be one you noted when setting it up).
6. Enter password when prompted. Hotspot as noted previously). You can check you phone if you did not write it down.
You are now connected to your Phones Wi-Fi hotspot and can now proceed to connect to the SJOG network via VPN.
5.2 Connect using Apple laptop and iPhone
On your Apple laptop
1. Click the Wi-Fi icon to show available connections
2. It may take a few seconds for your phone to appear in the list but once it does, click it.
If prompted for a password, enter the one shown on your phone.
Your device will have an application called FortiClient installed on it which enables you to connect to the SJOG network.
You will need to login via the FortiClient before you can access such resources as your Z Drive or Outlook Inbox.
1. Select the FortiClient Icon on your Taskbar or Desktop
2. Right click on the taskbar icon and select Connect to “SJOG”
4. You will see a message telling you that you are connected
5. If you look at the VPN icon on status bar It will have a yellow padlock indication that you are connected via VPN
1. Right click on the VPN Icon and select Disconnect “SJOG VPN”
If you do not need to remain connected to the SJOG network make sure you Disconnect Immediately. There is a limit to the number of VPN client connections available in the organisation so please be aware that some of your colleagues may be trying to connect .
Please note when working over the VPN your Z Drive will not be visible in Windows Explorer. You must assign the share location to a drive on your device (Map your Z Drive). If you do not know the location of your Z drive email ICT for its location.
7.1 How to Map a drive on Windows 10
In the File Manager (Windows Explorer), right-click on This PC on the left hand side (1) and select ‘Map network drive…’ (2)
In the Map Network Drive window, select the Drive: letter and type (or paste) the path to the shared folder (3), e.g. \\server\sharedfolder and press the Finish button (4).
8.1 Lync Teleconferencing
The Lync system allows us to host our own teleconferencing sessions.
These can be set-up on the fly by starting a Lync call and inviting participants to join – but are best organised in advance.
To set-up a Lync Meeting
1. Go to Outlook, Calendar and
2. Click on the New Online Meeting icon
This action automatically generates the details needed to join the meeting at the appropriate time
and will be sent to any of the invitees you enter in the “To” line when the you send the meeting request.
At the appropriate time people can join the meeting from Lync by clicking on the link in the meeting request
By phoning the number on your phone or via Lync 01 533 3399 …. (For the UK +353 15333399 should work)
And the relevant meeting/conference ID.
If connecting in via Lync please note the location to type in the conference id.
Please note the following:
1. At least one person needs to join the meeting by Lync – ideally the organiser. This session effectively acts as the host for all other participants.
2. A work laptop running Lync can be used from any location with Wi-Fi. Ideally you would have a VPN connection on BUT it will work from a public network if you click past the security warning you will get.
3. With regard to telephone calls;
It is not recommended to have all participants connecting by mobile phone. In this situation alternative teleconferencing options such as the Conferencing365Instant solution – would be more Teleconferencing 23
appropriate and we are checking out viable options on this at the moment. These alternates have created their own separate issues such as premium numbers being blocked from mobiles PLUS changing phone numbers etc but I will cover this off separately…. Just wanted to get this out before todays 2pm call.
8.2 Zoom Teleconferencing
For information on how to access and sign up to the SJOG Zoom organisation please refer to this document on the SJOG Working from Home site.
9.1 How to take and edit a screen shot in Windows 10
While working from home you may want to report an issue you encounter. It is a great help to ICT if you include a screen capture in you report (email).
A new Windows 10 tool can be used to capture Screen Shots. Snip & Sketch can be accessed in Windows 10 using several methods but this is the one we recommend.
Once you take screenshot, Windows 10 will open the Snip & Sketch (usually at the bottom right had side of your screen) app where you can edit and save the screenshot.
When capturing screen shots that contain sensitive and/or personal identifiable data, especially from applications like MHIS, IDIS, RMS, Core, Exchange etc ensure you black out any identifiable information.
9.2 How to Black Out information from Snip & Sketch.
Having taken your screen shot you should modify your Ballpoint pencil settings to allow you to ‘Black Out’ personal recognisable date (you will only need to do this once).
You can now ‘Black Out’ areas of the capture (like patients name above) with your Ballpoint pen.
Your edited screen shot can now be:
10.1 Optimise your Wi-Fi signal.
It may not always be possible but try to reposition your router to a more optimal position.
Open door of room in which router located and also the door of room where laptop / PC located to improve signal.
If internet Wi-Fi is not working before you connect VPN, please switch off router for 10 seconds, restart and wait for 3 minutes, router can be switched on and off at the plug.
If your house has particularly thick walls you might consider installing a Powerline adaptor.
Powerline is a simple-to-install digital home technology that can provide faster speeds than Wi-Fi for connecting devices to your network, regardless of whether or not they’re in the same room as your router.
It uses your home’s mains power wires to create a network connection that – in many cases – is faster than Wi-Fi.
Note: In nearly all cases Powerline adaptor is the better option over Wi-Fi extenders.
10.2 Limit the number of devices connected.
You would be surprised the number of devices you might have connected to your home network at any one time. Consider turning off connected devices when not been used.
10.3 Limit the type of connections.
Watching a 4K movie on Netflix over Wi-Fi is going to utilise way more of your home networks bandwidth than working on the SJOG network via VPN. So consider your priorities.
10.4 Connect to your router via cable
When working from home try where possible to connect to your router via an Ethernet cable. Performance is significantly improved.
11.1.1 Microsoft Lync
Here are some links to some Microsoft Lync specific guides created by the ICT Service Desk. * The links will only open while you are connected to the SJOG network.
11.1.2 Test your local Wi-Fi
Type https://fast.com/ into Google.
Check out if there are many reported faults with your local Broadband provider https://downdetector.ie
If your download speed is 3 Mbps or higher you should readily work.
11.1.3 Access your email online
You can also access your email online, without being logged into the SJOG network with the following link https://owa.sjog.ie/owa/
Protecting Personal Data When Working Remotely
12th March 2020
Measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 will involve more people working remotely than usual. Below are some tips to keep personal data safe when working away from the office. For more information you can consult our guidance on data security.
Cloud and Network Access