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tamulink-WPA for Windows 7

Document ID 952


Tamulink-WPA is a new 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 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. Left 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 http://howdy.tamu.edu/ and http://email.tamu.edu/ [fig. 04].

Entering your NetID and Password

[fig. 04 - Network Authentication]


5. Once you have entered your login information, you will 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 most 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. 07].

Open network and sharing center

[fig. 07 - 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. 08].

Manage wireless networks

[fig. 08 - 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. 09].

Network connections list

[fig. 09 - Click Add]


4. Choose Manually create a network profile from the choices [fig. 10].

Create a network profile

[fig. 10 - Manually create network profile]


5. Enter in the following information [fig. 11]:

  • Network name: tamulink-wpa

  • Security type: WPA2-Enterprise

  • Encryption type: AES

  • Security Key: Leave this field blank

  • Check Start this connection automatically

Entering tamulink-wpa information

[fig. 11 - Wireless Network Information]


6. Click Next.

7. Click Change Settings for this Connection. 

8. Go to the "Security" tab, then click Settings [fig. 15].

PEAP Settings

[fig. 15 - Wireless Network Properties]


9. Click Configure [fig. 16].

Configure authentication method

[fig. 16 - Configure]


10. Uncheck the box for automatically using the Windows logon information, then click OK [fig. 17].

Uncheck box

[fig. 17 - Uncheck Box]


11. Click OK on the "Protected EAP Properties" page.

12. On the "tamulink-wpa Wireless Network Properties" page, click Advanced Settings [fig. 18].

Advanced Settings

[fig. 18 - Advanced Settings]


13. Check the box for Specify Authentication Method [fig. 19].

Specify Authentication Method

[fig. 19 - Specify Authentication Method]


14. Using the drop down menu, select User Authentication [fig. 20].

User Authentication

[fig. 20 - User Authentication]


15. Click Save Credentials [fig. 21].

Save Credentials

[fig. 21 - Save Credentials]


16. Enter your NetID and password and click OK [fig. 22].

NetID and Password

[fig. 22 - NetID and Password]


17. 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 helpdesk@tamu.edu or call us at 979.845.8300.

Document ID 952
October 7, 2013
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