Rothera computing facilities

Rothera Point, Adelaide Island

Lat. 67°35'8"S, Long. 68°7'59"W

Bransfield House

Hardware for general use

  • 6 x Windows XP PCs
  • Colour and black and white printers
  • HP ScanJet scanner.
  • Canon Pro9000 Mark II photo printer (requires user’s own photo-grade paper).

Visitors’ office

  • 1 x Windows XP PC
  • Photocopier

Hardware for science use (Bonner Lab)

  • 8 x Windows XP PCs for visiting scientists
  • HP laserjet black and white printer
  • Scanner
  • Specialist science software is available only via prior arrangement. Bring the software with you to avoid problems. Sigmaplot and Minitab will be available on request.

Local area network (LAN)

 Wide area network (WAN)

  • BAS provides a 24-hour satellite link of 384Kb (i.e. about one-eighth the speed of your broadband link at home). This has to handle traffic for everyone on base, including VoIP telephone calls, work data, remote access, web browsing and email. Many people bring web ‘toys’ south only to find they do not work as well as they might hope.
  • Skype and webcams are strongly discouraged. As a general rule, internet activities involving text work OK, those involving photos are very slow and ones based on video are unusable.


  • The server is fully spared, secure and backed up.
  • You will be allocated with an account and 1Gb of NetWare server disk space for your personal/work use. This space can be increased at the discretion of the Base Commander.
  • Your account and all files will be deleted upon leaving the base.


  • The standard operating system for PCs is Windows XP Professional.
  • Windows XP Home and Windows Vista are not completely compatible with BAS systems although are perfectly good for personal use if anti-virus software is already installed.
  • Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium can’t be networked unless they have up-to-date anti-virus software installed.
  • Software packages available from the NetWare server to networked PCs include:
    • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
    • CorelDRAW Suite
    • Thunderbird – Email Client
    • Adobe Acrobat (reader and writer)
    • WinZip
    • Minitab
    • SigmaPlot
    • Firefox
  • All BAS PCs run Sophos Anti-Virus.
  • All laptop users should bring with them all driver and recovery disks related to their equipment, plus an updated version of an anti-virus program.


  • You must supply your own backup media. This includes portable hard drives, floppy disks, DVD or CD-R media.
  • There is a limited supply of A4 paper for printing purposes.


  • The Server is backed up on a daily basis. All files that you place on your N: drive (personal account space) will be backed up.
  • No backups are taken of the PCs’ local hard drives. You are responsible for backing up any files that you place on the PC local drives.
  • Users are advised not to keep corporate-value data on local hard drives.


Telephones: personal use


  • If you are bringing your own laptop on board it must have up to date anti-virus software on it. For personal use, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Please bring the laptop to the Communications Manager before plugging in to the network.