Wireless Configuration for Windows Vista

A PDF download of these instructions is available for your convenience.

Note: You may be prompted during the configuration process to choose whether the new connection is to be a home, work, or public location. This setting controls the security for the wireless connection and it is recommended that you select public location for maximum security.

  1. Click the Start button > Connect To.
    Start - Connect to
  2. Click the Set up a connection or network link.
    Set up a connection link
  3. Choose Manually connect to a wireless network and click Next.
    Manually connect to a wireless network
  4. Select the appropriate wireless adapter from the drop-down and click Next.
    Select a wireless adapter
  5. Network name:
    1. For Faculty or Staff: IPFW Faculty Staff
    2. For Students: IPFW Student
  6. Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
  7. Encryption type: AES
  8. Place a check next to Start this connection automatically.
  9. Click Next.
    1. Note: Placing a check next to Start this connection automatically will force Windows to automatically open a connection when the system is in range of an access point.
  10. Click Change connection settings.
    Change connection settings
  11. Click the Security tab.
  12. Ensure Protected EAP (PEAP) is selected from the Choose a network authentication methoddrop-down.
    1. Note: For convenience, the username and password entered may be saved for future connections to the network by placing a check next to Cache user information for subsequent connections to this network.
  13. Click the Settings... button.
    Wireless Network Properties
  14. Under Trusted Root Certification Authorities, find AddTrust External CA Root and check mark the box next to it.
    1. If AddTrust External CA Root is unavailable, uncheck Validate server certificate.
  15. Ensure Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2) is selected from the Select Authentication Method: drop-down.
  16. Click Configure...
    Windows Vista Protected EAP Properties dialog
  17. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any).
    EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties
  18. Click OK in the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window.
  19. Click OK in the Protected EAP Properties window.
  20. Click OK in the Wireless Network properties window.
  21. Click the Additional information is required to connect to IPFW Faculty Staff or IPFW Student balloon.
    1. Note: This balloon will only appear when the system is in range of an access point and will also appear if the password entered has expired or has been changed.

    Additional information is required to connect to IPFW
  22. Enter your IPFW username and password.
  23. Click OK.
    Enter Credentials
  24. Configuration of the wireless network is complete.
  25. You should now be connected to the IPFW wireless network.
  26. From this point forward, whenever an IPFW access point is in range, the system will automatically open a connection.
  27. Once a successful connection has been completed, the connection status may be quickly viewed by hovering over the network icon in the system tray.

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