Office of Information Technology

Wireless Network Configuration for Windows XP

Eagle-secure Wireless Network Instructions Only


Please refer to the configuration instructions below to take advantage of the eagle-secure 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.

 

Connect to AU's New Wireless Network

Introduction

Windows XP supports wireless networking without the need for additional software, as long as you have the latest operating system Service Packs installed. Installing your wireless card on your laptop 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.

 

Configuration

  1. Click on the START button.
  2. Select CONTROL PANEL from the START MENU.
  3. Click SECURITY CENTER icon.
  4. Verify that the FIREWALL and AUTOMATIC UPDATES are both ON.
    • Confirm that you have up to date virus protection. If these options are not enabled, follow the instructions in the Security Center before you connect to the wireless or wired network. Computers that are not protected may become infected with a virus and blocked from the network and Internet.
  5. Exit the WINDOWS SECURITY CENTER
  6. Click on the START button again.
  7. Select CONTROL PANEL from the START MENU.
  8. Click NETWORK AND INTERNET CONNECTIONS, if Windows is using the Category view.
  9. Click NETWORK CONNECTIONS on the next screen.
    • While you are viewing your Internet connections, look to see if you have a connection called a NETWORK BRIDGE. This is a feature that allows you to create a simple home network, but it will keep you from being able to access the Internet using our network.
    • If a network bridge is present, right-click on your Wireless Network Connection and select REMOVE FROM BRIDGE.
    • Do the same for all of your connections.
    • Then, right-click on the Bridge itself and choose DISABLE. You are now ready to connect to the network.
  10. Right-click on the WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION icon and choose PROPERTIES. Then, click on the WIRELESS NETWORKS tab and click the ADD button.
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  11. On the ASSOCIATION tab, enter eagle-secure as the NETWORK NAME (SSID). Choose WPA2 for NETWORK AUTHENTICATION and AES for DATA ENCRYPTION.
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  12. Click on the AUTHENTICATION tab. Select PROTECTED EAP (PEAP) from the drop-down menu as the EAP TYPE. Make sure that both of the checkboxes below are unchecked.
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  13. Click on the PROPERTIES button and check the VALIDATE SERVER CERTIFICATE checkbox. Ensure that no other checkboxes are checked on this tab.
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  14. Select SECURED PASSWORD (EAP-MSCHAP V2) from the AUTHENTICATION METHOD drop-down menu, if it is not selected already. Then, click the CONFIGURE button.
  15. Uncheck the checkbox on the EAP MSCHAPV2 window as shown below. Click OK four times.
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  16. Click the WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION bubble message that appears at the bottom right of your screen.
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  17. The ENTER CREDENTIALS screen will then appear as shown below.
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  18. Enter your myAU portal USER NAME and PASSWORD in the spaces provided and click OK. You can ignore the LOGON DOMAIN field.
  19. Click OK on the VALIDATE SERVER CERTIFICATE window to continue. You should now be connected to eagle-secure.

 

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