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Secure Wireless Setup - Windows XP for Employees

For Institutional Computers Connected to Hamilton’s Network

This document explains how to connect a Hamilton-owned Windows XP computer to the Hamilton Secure Wireless network.  If you are attempting to connect a personally-owned Windows XP computer to the secure wireless, please refer to the document HTO-SecureWinPersonal-XP.pdf.

  1. Verify that you have Service Pack 3 on your Windows XP computer.  Right-click on My Computer (either on your desktop or in your Start Menu) and click on Properties.  In the System Properties window that appears, make sure the General tab is selected.  Your Windows version (along with any Service Pack information) should be listed under the System section.  If you do not have Service Pack 3 installed, you will need to do that first before continuing with these instructions. Please refer to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3 for instructions on how to install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.

  1. Click on the Start button and then on Run.
  2. Next to Open, type control netconnections and click OK.

  1. In the Network Connections window, right-click on Wireless Network Connection and click on Properties.
  2. Click on the Wireless Networks tab.  If the Wireless Networks tab is missing, it is likely that your wireless device’s vendor client is managing the wireless connection.  You will need to disable that client to restore control of the wireless device back to Windows before continuing.
  3. Make sure that Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings is checked, and click the Add button.

  1. Under the Association tab, configure as follows:
    1. Next to Network name (SSID), enter aps-hamilton
    2. Check the box next to Connect even if this network is not broadcasting.
    3. Next to Network Authentication, select WPA2 from dropdown (if available).  If WPA2 is not available, select WPA instead.
    4. Next to Data Encryption, select AES from the dropdown.

  1. Under the Authentication tab, configure as follows:
    1. Next to EAP type, select Protected EAP (PEAP) from the drop-down.
    2. Click on the Properties button.

  1. In the Protected EAP Properties window, configure as follows:
    1. Check Connect to these servers: and enter acs-07.hamilton.edu
    2. Under Trusted Root Certificate Authorities, scroll down through the list and check “GeoTrust Global CA” and "GoDaddy Class 2 Certification Authority.
  2. "Next to Select Authentication Method, click on the Configure button.
  3. Verify that Automatically use my windows logon name and password is checked, and click OK.

  1. Click OK to close out of each window that is still open.
  2. After a minute or two, a popup message should appear in the lower right corner of the screen indicating that you are now connected to aps-hamilton.  Your laptop should now connect to Hamilton’s Secure Wireless network automatically whenever you are within range of the network.

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