Office of Information Technology

Wireless Network Configuration for Windows 8

Eagle-secure Wireless Network Instructions Only


Please refer to the configuration instructions below to take advantage of AU's wireless network.

If you have any questions about the wireless network or need assistance connecting to the network, please contact the IT Help Desk at 202-885-2550, helpdesk@american.edu, or AskAmericanUHelp.

 

Protecting your Connection

Always check for the gold lock or "https" in the address field before transmitting your password or PIN over the network. You can also use AU's VPN service.

When using the eagle-secure network, remember you must comply with the Computer Use and Copyright Policy and the other Information Technology Security Policies.

 

Connecting to the Wireless Network

 

Introduction

Windows 8 supports wireless networking without the need for additional software. Installing your wireless card on your computer consists of two main steps, installing your wireless card and configuring your wireless card for AU's wireless network. Most laptops purchased within the last three years will have wireless networking already built-in. Desktop computers can easily have a wireless card installed and may sometimes arrive with one.

 

Installation

Simply turn on your computer and insert your external wirelesss network card if it is not already built-in. Some laptops with internal wireless adapters have mechanical switches or special keys on the keyboard that can toggle the wireless adapter on and off. Consult your laptop's documentation to make sure the wireless (WiFi) adapter is enabled if you have trouble completing the steps below.

 

Configuration

  1. Make sure that your computer's wireless card is enabled, then check for available wireless networks using the icon in the system tray at the bottom right of your screen on the Windows 8 desktop.
  2. You should see a pop up screen like this:

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  3. Click CONNECT on the eagle-secure wireless network to begin connection.
  4. You should be prompted to log in to the network. Enter your myAU portal USER NAME and PASSWORD and click OK:

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  5. The first time you connect, you will be prompted with a certificate warning. This is expected, click CONNECT to proceed:
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  6. You should now be connected to eagle-secure:

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For further assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk at 202-885-2550, helpdesk@american.edu, or AskAmericanUHelp.