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). 

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: 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)

New connection wizard: Wireless network information

Manually Connect

6. Click Next.

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

Change connection settings prompt

Successfully Added

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

  eduroam 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 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:
  • 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.

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 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.

Manage wireless networks window with eduroam preferred

Manage Wireless Networks

Now you're ready connect.

Getting connected

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:
  • Password: Your Active Directory password

Network Authentication window

Network Authentication


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.

Set Network Location window - choose Public network

Set Network Location

Trouble connecting?

If you have any problems connecting, contact the Help Desk.

Disconnecting when finished

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.

Keywords:eduroam, wireless, Windows 7, Windows 8, WPA2, network card, A/B/G/N card, B/G/N card, AES, 802.1x Settings, PEAP, thawte, AddTrust External CA Root, EAP-MSCHAP v2, thawte Primary Root CA,   Doc ID:47777
Owner:wireless w.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-02-27 13:13 CSTUpdated:2018-09-25 09:08 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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