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Modifying tamulink-WPA in Windows XP

Document ID 850


Tamulink-WPA is a wireless network that allows for greater flexibility and security when accessing the campus wireless network. WPA utilizes the 802.1x wireless technology. This document will detail how to configure Windows XP to connect to this network.


1. If you have previously configured your Windows XP machine to connect to tamulink-WPA, then you should get the following message when you try to connect for the first time again [fig. 01].

Initial Message

[fig. 01 - Initial Message]

2. When you click on the message, you should get a box that asks you to validate the new server certificate that contains either "Go Daddy" or "Valicert" in the name. Press OK [fig. 02].

Validating Server Certificate

[fig. 02 - Validating Server Certificate]

3. Your computer will now connect to tamulink-WPA, but there are additional steps required to prevent this box from appearing each time you connect. Right-click on the wireless icon at the bottom right part of your screen and choose View Available Wireless Networks [fig. 03].

Viewing Wireless Networks

[fig. 03 - Viewing Wireless Networks]

4. Click on Change Advanced Settings at the bottom left [fig. 04].

Changing Wireless Settings

[fig. 04 - Changing Wireless Settings]

5. Choose the Authentication tab and click the Properties box in the middle [fig. 05].

Authentication Properties

[fig. 05 - Authentication Properties]

6. From the list of certificates, uncheck the one that says Texas A&M University Certificate Authority [fig. 06].

Unchecking Certificate

[fig. 06 - Unchecking Certificate]

7. The other checked certificate is the one you agreed to in Step 2. Leave this one [fig. 07].

New Certificate

[fig. 07 - New Certificate]

8. Press OK and you should be connected.

If you have any further questions, please email helpdesk@tamu.edu or call us at 979.845.8300.

Document ID 850
October 7, 2013
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