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TAMULink-WPA for Windows 7

Document ID 952


TAMULink-WPA is a wireless network that allows for significant flexibility and security when accessing the campus wireless network. WPA utilizes the 802.1x wireless technology. This document will detail how to configure Windows 7 to connect to this network.


Automatic connection to tamulink-wpa - Method 1

To automatically configure tamulink-wpa, click here to download the file tamulink-wpa.exe. Once downloaded, you can double-click the file to automatically configure this wireless network.


Automatic connection to tamulink-wpa - Method 2

  1. Click the wireless icon in the bottom right of your "Desktop" screen [fig. 01].
    Wireless Icon
    [fig. 01 - Wireless Icon]
  2. You should now see a list of available connections to connect to. Choose tamulink-wpa and make sure the "Connect Automatically" box is checked. This will ensure that you will be connected the next time you are in range of "tamulink-wpa" [fig. 02].
    Available Connections
    [fig. 02 - Available Connections] 
  3. You should now be attempting to connect to "tamulink-wpa." This could take a few minutes depending on your computer's speed and your distance to "tamulink-wpa" access point [fig. 03].
    Connecting to tamulink-wpa
    [fig. 03 - Connecting to TAMULink-WPA] 
  4. When prompted, enter your NetID and your NetID Password. These are the same credentials that you use to log onto and [fig. 04].
    Entering your NetID and Password
    [fig. 04 - Network Authentication]
  5. Once you have entered your login information, you may be shown a window warning that your connection attempt could not be completed. The message will indicate that you need to approve a new connection certificate. Choose Connect, and you should now be connected to "tamulink-wpa" [fig. 05].
    Certificate warning screen
    [fig. 05 - Connect to a Network]


Manual Connection to tamulink-wpa

Windows 7 will often connect to tamulink-wpa automatically as in the instructions above. In some cases, however, you will need to manually configure your connection to TAMULink-WPA. If you get a screen informing you that you are unable to connect to TAMULink-WPA, close the screen and perform the following steps:

  1. Right click the wireless icon and choose Open Network and Sharing Center [fig. 06].
    Open network and sharing center
    [fig. 06 - Network and Sharing Center] 
  2. Click Manage wireless networks in the upper-left of this window. This will bring you to the list of wireless networks you have connected to [fig. 07].
    Manage wireless networks
    [fig. 07 - List of Networks] 
  3. This screen shows you a list of wireless connections to which you have connected previously. Look for any networks named "tamulink-wpa" or "tamulink-guest" and remove them. Once they are removed, click Add to create a new network connection [fig. 08].
    Network connections list
    [fig. 08 - Click Add] 
  4. Choose Manually create a network profile from the choices [fig. 09].Create a network profile[fig. 09 - Manually create network profile]
  5.  Enter in the following information [fig. 10]:
    • Network name: tamulink-wpa
    • Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    • Encryption type: AES
    • Security Key: Leave this field blank
  6. Check Start this connection automatically [fig 10]
    Entering tamulink-wpa information
    [fig. 10 - Wireless Network Information]
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Change Settings for this Connection. 
  9. Go to the "Security" tab, then click Settings [fig. 11].
    PEAP Settings
    [fig. 11 - Wireless Network Properties] 
  10. Click Configure [fig. 12].
    Configure authentication method
    [fig. 12 - Configure] 
  11. Uncheck the box for automatically using the Windows logon information, then click OK [fig. 13].
    Uncheck box
    [fig. 13 - Uncheck Box] 
  12. Click OK on the "Protected EAP Properties" page.
  13. On the "tamulink-wpa Wireless Network Properties" page, click Advanced Settings [fig. 14].
    Advanced Settings
    [fig. 14 - Advanced Settings] 
  14. Check the box for Specify Authentication Method [fig. 15].
    Specify Authentication Method
    [fig. 15 - Specify Authentication Method] 
  15. Using the drop down menu, select User Authentication [fig. 16].
    User Authentication
    [fig. 16 - User Authentication]
  16. Click Save Credentials [fig. 17].
    Save Credentials
    [fig. 17 - Save Credentials] 
  17. Enter your NetID and password and click OK [fig. 18].
    NetID and Password
    [fig. 18 - NetID and Password] 
  18. You should now be able to connect to TAMULink-WPA. If presented with the same security alert as step 5, click Connect [fig. 05].

If you have any further questions, please email or call us at 979.845.8300.

Document ID 952
July 15, 2015
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