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Setting Up WLAN in Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Secured WPA2)

Pre-requisite:

  1. Wireless LAN adapter must support WPA2. Please refer to respective manufacturer.
  2. Prior to this setup attempt, user system has been known to be authenticated successfully with NTU domain via LAN network. A user profile is created automatically upon successful authentication via LAN.


Advantages:

  1. Wireless traffic is encrypted and is more secured compared to that of Open web-authentication (i.e. SSID: NTUWL). Strong encryption (AES) is used to ensure high data security in network traffic over the air.
  2. WPA2 has a stronger cipher than WPA and conforms to 802.11i standard. Therefore, WPA2 offers higher security and interoperability than WPA.
  3. User will need to login once to his/her system without the needs to re-enter credential to access Internet.
  4. User systems will be able to roam and join the NTU wireless network automatically whenever his/her systems are in the wireless coverage range without the hassle of manual re-login.


Setting Up:

  1. At Windows desktop, click on Vista button and navigate to Control Panel as shown below.




  2. At Control Panel menu, click on View network status and tasks as shown below.




  3. On the left panel, click on Set up a connection or network.




  4. Select Manually connect to a wireless network.




  5. Set the Network Name for NTUSECURE (must be in uppercase), Security type for WPA2-Enterprise and Encryption type for AES.

  6. Check the checkboxes Start with this connection automatically and Connect even if the network is not broadcasting. Click Next to proceed.






  7. Click Connect to... to proceed connecting to wireless network.




  8. The initial wireless NTUSECURE status is Security-enabled network as shown in the following. Click Cancel to close the menu.




  9. At Network and Sharing Center menu, click Manage wireless networks.




  10. Right-click the highlighted NTUSECURE and select Properties as shown below.




  11. Ensure all the checkboxes are ticked. Proceed to click on Security tab.




  12. Ensure settings are as the following. Click Settings... to proceed.

     



     

  13. Ensure only checkbox Enable Fast Reconnect is checked. The rest of the checkbox MUST be uncheck. Click on Configure ... to proceed.


  14. If you are staff and your PC is join to domain, Check the checkbox . Click OK to close. Do not check it if your machine is not join to domain.



  15. Return to Security Tab, under Advance Settings, check Specify authentication mode and select User or computer authentication.Proceed to click Ok to close configuration menus. Restart the computer and login to computer using domain user name.

  16. Navigate to reach the following menu. If the configuration is successful, the network NTUSECURE status is Connected.





  17. Navigate to reach the following menu. At Network and Sharing Center menu, click Internet icon to test Internet browsing.





  18. For a successful Internet connection, the following default web page of Internet Explorer will be displayed.




  19. At desktop, you can also move your mouse cursor to icon at system tray to check the network status as shown in the following. If the connection status is Access: Local and Internet, you have logged on to NTU wireless network successfully.




  20. Congratulations. You have completed the configuration.

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