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Paperless meetings with Android tablets

The reason for writing this page is that the FGV will try paperless meetings starting September 1, 2015. We discuss therefore below especially the topics that are of interest for thar target: the choice of an Android tablet, the wireless network Eduroam, Science VPN, connecting to a network and apps for annotating PDF files and for synchronizing the annotated files to a backed-up disk.

Choosing an Android tablet

As of May 2015 a good choice seems to be: HTC Nexus9 white 16GB, with /shared/desktop/accessories/nexus-9/nexus-9-magic-case-mint.jpg magic case or possibly a keyboard folio. If you already have an Android tablet, you can of course use that. If you want a mini tablet, the 7" Nexus 7 (2013) with a Poetic case might be a good choice. The advantage of the Nexus types: Always the latest version Android software, rapid updates and no manufacturer's own software.


Wi-Fi Eduroam

The Eduroam wireless network is available in all campus buildings. It is also available in other universities, see

Browse to for all info and configuration manuals.

  • When asked for username and password, this can be one of the following combinations:

Username Password
choice 1 RU-password (as is used for Radboudnet)
choice 2 Science-password (as is used on the Do-It-Yourself site

You can check the IP address by visiting it will show:

  • IP address: an address in the range -


To be allowed to access network disks, it is usually sufficient to be connected to the RU campus network, wired or wireless via Eduroam. Extra secured network drives, which can be accessed only from certain workstations, can often be accessed from the Science VPN.

Science VPN


  • Press Settings -> Wireless & networks -> More


  • Press VPN


  • Press the plus sign in the upper right corner to add a new VPN:


  • Type something like Science-VPN as name, choose type: PPTP, fill in as server address: and hit Save.



  • Press "Science-VPN"


  • Fill in the Science username and the Science password and press "Connect". You may add after the Science username. N.B.: this is not the mail address, the Science username only contains lowercase characters [a-z] and for temporary guest accounts also the numbers [0-9].


  • After a few seconds the word "Connected" is shown below the "Science-VPN". In the upper right corner a key can be seen, showing that the VPN is active.


  • If you point your browser to, an IP number from the Science-VPN range is shown: 131.174.224.NNN, with hostname Some services can only be accessed from such an IP number and not from other campus IP numbers or the rest of the Internet.


  • By pressing the line with Science-VPN or the key in the upper right corner, a window appears with the option to drop the VPN connection.



The RU VPN currently does not have info about using it with an Android client.

Access to a network share

See the page on network disks for the apps needed and the naming of network disks.

Synchronizing from and to a network drive

FolderSync (free with advertising: FolderSync Lite) is an app to synchronize e.g. meeting documents automatically from a network share to the tablet. With the same app, annotated documents can be synced to a backed-up place (sub-folder in the home directory). There are alternative apps: SyncMe Wireless.

Setting up FolderSync works like this:

  • Start FolderSync, press "Create New Sync" at the bottom of the screen, give it a name and press "Next".


  • Select SMB/CIFS as Account Type:


  • Give it a name, fill in the Server and Login data and press Save:


  • Press "Folder pairs" in the main screen:


  • Press the green "+" in the lower right corner to add a folder pair:


  • Choose the source folder that you want to synchronize to your tablet:

Screenshot 2015-05-12-16-51-01-FolderSync-bronmap.png

  • Choose also the local target folder where the files will be synchronized to:

Screenshot 2015-05-12-16-58-38-FolderSync-synchronisatie-mappen.png

  • Choose at "Scheduling" how often synchronization will take place and press Save:

Screenshot 2015-05-12-16-59-55-FolderSync-synchronisatie-instellen.png

  • By pressing "Sync", the synchronization is started manually:


Annotation of PDF files

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Science mail

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Exchange (ISC)

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