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IP Address Authentication

IP address authentication is the traditional method of identifying users requesting access to vendor databases. Users gain access based on their computer or site IP address (numerical address), eliminating the need for user IDs and passwords. Since only the library's EBSCOhost administrator can add a user's IP address using EBSCOadmin, this ensures that access is limited.

  1. Click the Authentication Tab. From the drop-down lists on the toolbar, select the site you want to work with.

  2. Click the IP Address Sub-Tab.

  3. Click the Add IP Address Link. From the drop-down list, select the Group ID. IP Address Authentication

  4. In the IP Address field, enter your new IP address. You can either enter a single IP address or a range of IP addresses. For example: or

  5. Click Submit. The list of IP addresses appears with your new IP address displayed.

You can modify the IP address for any user group by clicking on the linked IP address in the IP Address list.

To delete an IP range, click the Delete IP Range Link, enter the range of IP addresses, and click Submit.

If a proxy server is in use, its IP address must be entered. Private Internet IP addresses (per RFC 1918) cannot be entered.

You can upload all of your IP addresses to EBSCOadmin from a delimited text. The base EBSCOhost URL for this authentication scheme is http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip

You can also direct your users to a specific profile by adding a profile ID to the end of the URL. (For example, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=profileid where profileid identifies one of your profiles.)

Consortia only: You may want to authenticate patrons using a pool of shared IP addresses, then provide access for the member sites by customer ID. In this case, add the customer ID to the end of the URL. (For example, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip&custid=custid where custid identifies your library's customer ID within EBSCOadmin.) We will first authenticate the IP address and then check the custid specified on the URL.

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