How Do I ... Connect to Western Secure Wireless Network uwosecure-v2 (Windows XP)

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Introduction

This document describes how to setup and configure the native PEAP Client in Windows XP in order to connect to the Western's wireless network uwosecure-v2. It is also under the assumption that you have administrative privilege to configure the settings on Windows XP.  For more information, please contact your wireless network card's manufacturer for details.

Configuring the uwosecure-v2 Wireless Network Settings

Windows XP will automatically search for any available wireless connections when you power on your wireless network card. If a wireless connection has been found, Windows XP will inform you that a connection has been made. But we still need to set up the PEAP client's configuration.

  1. Select Start, right click My Computer and select Manage

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  2. From the Computer Management window
  3. On the left side select Services and Applications... Services
    On the right side scroll down to the bottom and select Wireless Zero Configuration.

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  4. Make Sure that the Service Status is set to Started, if it is not then select Start... Ok 
    Select File... Exit to close the Computer Management window.

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  5. On your desktop, right click on My Network Places and select Properties
  6. My network Places Properties

     

  7. From the Network Connections window
    Right click your wireless network connection icon and select Properties
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  9. From the Wireless Network Connection Properties window
    Select the Wireless Networks tab
    Make sure that Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings is checked. 
    From the Preferred Networks section select Add
  10. add preferred network

     

  11. From the Association tab 
    Enter Network Name (SSID)uwosecure-v2
    Select WPA2-Enterprise from the Network Authentication drop down menu
    Select AES from the Data encryption drop down menu

Note: The recommended 'encryption type' for uwosecure-v2 is AES. However, some laptops may not be able to support this encryption type due a limitation of their network card. In these cases you may want to try and connect using TKIP.

Select the Authentication tab

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  1. From the Authentication tab
    Select Protected EAP (PEAP) from the EAP Type drop down menu
    Select Properties.
  2. EAP type

     

  3. From the Protected EAP Properties window.
    Select both Validate server certificate and Connect to these servers 
    Enter *.uwo.ca in the section for Connect to these servers 
    Under Trusted Root Certification Authorities scroll down and select Thawte Premium Server CA
    Make sure that the Selected Authentication method is Secure password (EAP-MSCHAP v2) and select Configure
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  5. From the EAP MSCHAP v2 Properties window. 
    Make sure to uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any).

    EAP MSCHAPv2Properties

    Click OK to close all the boxes.

Access and Login to the uwosecure-v2 Wireless Network

  1. After a couple of seconds up to a minute, in the system tray (at the right bottom corner of the screen), you will see the following:

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  2. Click on the Yellow Information box and the credentials login box pops up and enter your UWO authentication.
    Click OK to connect to the network.

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  3. After closing the Credentials login box, the Validate Server Certificate box will pop up. Click Ok to connect to the server

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  4. To Ensure that it is connected, go to Start --> Control Panel. When Control Panel pops up, click on Network Connections. Look at the icon that indicates the wireless connection. 
    If it indicates Authentication Succeeded under the icon, you are connected properly. 
    If it indicates Validating Credentials, just wait for a while and it should change its status to success if log on properly.
    NOTE: If after awhile, the network connection kicks back into the uwo open network (i.e. the unsecure wireless network), then the credentials login has failed and you will need to reboot your machine and try again.

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Additional Information

Please note that the login information connecting to the PEAP client is automatically stored onto the Operating System. This means that if you successfully connect to the network, then everytime you reboot your machine, Windows XP will try to connect you to the secure network via PEAP automatically with the accurate information. You do not have to retype your login information in order to gain access.

NOTE: Since your login information is being stored on the local drive, your friends will be able to log onto the wireless network as you if you loan them your laptop. You will also need to regenerate a new password if the laptop is being stolen or lost to ensure security access on your account to the secure wireless network.

If you cannot browse any webpages after connecting to the secure wireless network but the wireless network icon indicates that it is connected and the signal strength is good, then make sure that your machine is getting a proper IP address. To get your IP address, you can do the following:

  1. Double click the wireless network icon in your system tray (i.e. right bottom corner of the screen)
  2. Click on the Advance tab.

This will show you your IP address. Make sure that the address starts with 172.30.xxx.xxx. If it doesn't start with 172.30.xxx.xxx, then something is wrong with the configuration and you are not connected to the secure wireless network.

If you have problems authenticating on the secure Wireless Network, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 519-661-3800.

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