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Encrypted WPA Wireless - Windows 7

These instructions apply to Windows 8 only. Use these instructions to connect your Windows 7 computer to the McMaster Mac-WiFi/Reznet-WiFi/eduroam wireless networks. Mac-WiFi/Reznet-WiFi/eduroam uses Wireless Protected Access (or WPA2 for short) and provides encryption between your device and the Wireless Access Point that you connect to.

  • Requirements:
    • Windows 7
    • Wi-Fi
    • Latest System Updates (Control Panel - Windows Updates) * Important - WPA is a newer protocol and ensuring your system is up to date is essential for it to work properly

Windows 7 Setup:

  1. From Control Panel, click on the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click the option Set up a connection or network.
  3. Click the Manually create a network profile.
  4. At the Enter information for the wireless network you want to add match the options as shown:
    • Network Name: Mac-WiFi/Reznet-WiFi/eduroam (Case-Sensitive)
    • Security Type: WPA2-Enterprise
    • Encryption Type: AES
    • Security Key/Passphrase: Blank
    Click Next to continue.
  5. Once you receive Successfully added Mac-WiFi, click the option Change connection settings.
  6. At the Mac-WiFi Wireless Network Properties screen under Security Tab, click SettingsIf you do not want this computer to remember your MAC ID and password, click off the Remember my credentials for this connection each time i'm logged in. Doing this means you have to type your MAC ID and password each time you connect.
  7. At the Protected EAP Properties place a check beside the box Connect to these servers. Enter as the certificate name exactly as shown. Under Trusted Root Certification Authority, pick the certificate Thawte Premium Server CA. Un-check Do not prompt user to authorize new server or trusted certification authorities.
  8. Finally, click the Configure button.

  9. Under EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties, uncheck the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any). Click OK, then click OK a second time.
  10. Now Connect to Mac-WiFi using your wireless connection. Click on Connect when prompted by Windows Security Alert.

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