Networking, Wireless, How to manually set up IllinoisNet on the Windows 7, 8, or 10

This page contains information about how to manually configure a Windows 7, 8, or 10 system to use the IllinoisNet wireless network. These instructions include screenshots from Windows 7, but Windows 8 and 10 are very similar


In order to connect to the IllinoisNet wireless network with a Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer:

  • Your system must have a WPA2-capable wireless network card.
  • Technology Services recommends you use a wireless AC card. (A/B/G/N cards will work, but AC cards will provide you with better performance).

Initial configuration

1. Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center:

  • Click on the network icon in the task bar and choose "Open Network and Sharing Center" from the menu of options.
  • Click on the Start menu, then Control Panel, then Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center.

The Network and Sharing Center window will appear.

Network and Sharing Center window

Network and Sharing Center

2. In the left hand column, click Manage wireless networks.

Manage wireless networks window

Manage wireless networks

3. Click the Add button. The New Connection Wizard launches.

4. Click "Manually create a network profile."

5. In the window that appears, enter the following information:

  • Network Name: IllinoisNet
  • Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
  • Data Encryption: AES
  • Security key: (Leave blank)
  • Start this connection automatically: (Checked)
  • Connect even if the network is not broadcasting: (Unchecked)
NOTE: The Network Name (SSID) is case-sensitive.

New connection wizard: Wireless network information

Manually connect to a wireless network

6. Click Next.

7. In the window that says "Successfully added IllinoisNet", click Change connection settings.

Change connection settings prompt

Successfully connected to IllinoisNet

8. In the IllinoisNet Wireless Network Properties window, click the Security tab.

IllinoisNet Wireless Network Properties window, Security tab

Network Properties

9. Click the Advanced settings button in the lower left quadrant of the window.

In the window that appears, select the 802.1x Settings tab.

Advanced settings window, 802.1x settings tab

Advanced Settings

Check the box that says Specify authentication mode.

  • If your computer IS joined to the campus Active Directory domain:
    Select User or computer authentication.
  • If your computer IS NOT joined to the campus Active Directory domain:
    Select User authentication.
  • All other settings should remain as they are.

10. Click OK to return to the IllinoisNet Wireless Authentication Properties window's Security tab (pictured above),

11. Click the Settings button next to the network authentication method field.

In the Protected EAP Properties window that appears, choose the following settings:

  • Check the Validate server certificate item.
  • Check the Connect to these servers item.
  • In the servers text box, enter the following:
  • In the list of Trusted Root Certification Authorities, check the following:
    • AddTrust External CA Root
  • Check the Do not prompt user to authorize new servers or trusted certification authorities item.
  • From the Select Authentication Method menu, choose Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2).
  • Check the Enable Fast Reconnect item.

Protected EAP Properties window

Protected EAP Properties

12. Click the Configure button next to the Select Authentication Method field.

In the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window that appears, the "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)" item should not be checked.

EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window

EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties

13. Click OK three times: first in the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window, then in the Protected EAP Properties window, and finally in the IllinoisNet wireless network properties window.

You should now be looking at the Manage Wireless Networks window, and IllinoisNet should be at the top of the list of options.

Manage wireless networks window with IllinoisNet network preferred

Preferred Networks

Now you're ready to begin the connection process.

Getting connected

When your network card has begun the process of connecting to the IllinoisNet network, a prompt bubble will appear over your task bar indicating that you need to "select a certificate or other credentials" to authenticate.

(Note: Campus Active Directory users who have altered their configuration as described above will not see this step.)

1. Click on the Wireless Network Connection bubble in order to view the Network Authentication window.

2. Enter the following information:

  • User name: Your NetID
  • Password: Your Active Directory password

Network Authentication window

Network Authentication 

3. Click OK.

Once your wireless card has finished authenticating with the IllinoisNet network, you'll be able to use the wireless network.

4. The first time you join a network, Windows 7 and 8 will prompt you to identify which type of network you're joining. Select the Public network option.

Set Network Location window - choose Public network

Network Location

Trouble connecting?

If you have trouble getting connected to IllinoisNet, or if your computer shows a connection but doesn't allow Internet access, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk for assistance.

Keywords:Windows 7, Windows 8, IllinoisNet Wireless, manual configuration   Doc ID:47612
Owner:wireless w.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-02-25 16:11 CSTUpdated:2018-09-25 09:07 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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