Networking, Wireless, Windows 7 & 8 and eduroam
This page contains information about using the eduroam wireless network with a Windows 7 system.
In order to connect to eduroam with a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer:
- Your system must have a WPA2-capable wireless network card.
- Technology Services recommends you use a wireless A/B/G/N card. (B/G/N cards will work, but A/B/G/N cards will provide you with better performance).
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.
2. In the left hand column, click Manage wireless networks.
Manage wireless networks window
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: eduroam
- 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)
6. Click Next.
7. In the window that says "Successfully added eduroam", click Change connection settings.
8. In the eduroam Wireless Network Properties window, click the Security tab.
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.
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 eduroam 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: wireless.illinois.edu
- In the list of Trusted Root Certification Authorities, check the following:
- AddTrust External CA Root
- USERTrust RSA Certification Authority
- 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.
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.
13. Click OK three times: first in the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window, then in the Protected EAP Properties window, and finally in the eduroam wireless network properties window.
You should now be looking at the Manage Wireless Networks window, and eduroam should be at the top of the list of options.
Now you're ready connect.
When your network card has begun the process of connecting to the eduroam 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 in step 12 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: Your Active Directory password
3. Click OK.
Once your wireless card has finished authenticating with the eduroam network, you'll be able to use eduroam.
(Note: You'll only need to enter this information once.)
4. The first time you join a network, Windows 7 / 8 will prompt you to identify which type of network you're joining. Select the Public network option.
If you have any problems connecting, contact the Help Desk.
When you're finished with eduroam:
1. Right-click on your wireless network icon in the task bar
2. Select View available wireless networks
3. Choose a different network from the list of available wireless networks.