Accessing the UCCS Wireless Network

Connecting to UCCS Wireless - Vista

To connect to UCCS-Wireless, your laptop must meet specific requirements to protect the network. After configuration, your computer will be checked for the following: All critical and security Windows updates installed 

 

  • Approved anti-virus protection installed and up to date
  • Approved anti-spyware protection installed and up to date
  • Automatic Windows Updates service running
  • Windows firewall enabled
  • Bridging disabled
  • DHCP forced

To see which antivirus and anti-spyware programs are acceptable and get instructions on Windows Updates, go to: http://www.uccs.edu/helpdesk/wireless-accept.htm.

As part of the configuration, a Policy Key will be installed on your computer. You must have administrative privileges for this to work.

Configuration

1. Select the Wireless Networking icon from the windows system tray in the lower right of your screen.

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3. Click "Connect to a network".
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4. Click "Set up a connection or network".
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5. Click "Manually connect to a wireless network" and then the "Next" button.
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6. Under "Network name" enter "UCCS-Wireless" (without the quotes). For "Security type" select "WPA2" if available, "WPA" if not, and for "Encryption type", select "AES". Click the "Next" button. If WPA is not available, go to: http://www.uccs.edu/helpdesk/wireless-open.htm for other options.
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7. Right-click on "UCCS-Wireless" and select "Properties".
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8. On the "Security" tab for "Choose a network authentication method" select "Protected EAP (PEAP)". Make sure the checkmark from "Cache user information ..." is checked and click the "Settings" button.
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9. Check "Validate server certificate". Under "Select Authentication Method" select "Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)". Make sure "Enable Fast Reconnect" is checked. Click the "Configure" button.
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10. If you do NOT log onto your laptop with your IT username and password, uncheck the box on this page. If you normally log on with your IT username and password, leave this box checked. Click the OK button for this window and the other open properties windows. Do not close the "Connect to a network" window.
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11. Click on "UCCS-Wireless" and click the "Connect" button.
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12. You will now see a balloon appear over the system tray entitled "Additional information is required ...". Click on this balloon.
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13. A window titled "Enter Credentials" will pop up. Enter your UCCS IT username and password. For domain, enter "UFP". Click OK. If you have logon issues, go to www.uccs.edu/helpdesk/wireless-faq.htm
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14. The "Additional information ..." balloon will appear again. Click on the balloon.
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15. A window titled "Validate Server Certificate" will pop up. Click OK.
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16.. Open an internet browser such as Internet Explorer. You will be redirected to the UCCS Network Access Control webpage.  If you are required to login, please login with your UCCS username and password. You'll then see this screen.  Please download and install the Policy key.

17.  Install the Safe Connect Policy Key.  Once installation is finished, wait 10-30 seconds and go to any webpage.  Any policy key violations will be displayed, you will see this warning once a day for 3 days or until you have fixed the warnings displayed on the page.  If your computer meets all policy requirements you will be able to access the network.