Systems and Technologies

Connecting to RIT's WPA2 Network With Windows XP (NOT Joined to MAIN)

Please ensure that you have all of the latest updates from Microsoft Update. If you are not running the most up-to-date windows operating system patches, the menus you see may not match the ones referenced below. Additionally, 3rd party software can also alter the menus you may see, please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance if needed.

These instructions assume the use of a wireless network card that is managed by the Windows XP "Wireless Zero Configuration Service." If your network card can not be managed by Windows, please refer to the documentation that came from the manufacturer of your network card to determine if and how to connect to WPA2 networks.

Connect to the RIT WPA2 Network

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel (Start -> Settings->Control Panel)


  2. Switch to "Classic View" by clicking "Switch to Classic View" in the upper left-hand corner (if necessary)


  3. Double click "Network Connections"


  4. Right click on your wireless card (typically called "Wireless Connection") and select "Properties"

    right click

  5. Click on the "Wireless Networks" tab. Ensure the option labeled "Use Windows to configure my wireless network setting" IS checked.

    Wireless Network Tab

  6. Click the "Add" button in the "Wireless Networks" tab

    Wirless Network Properties

  7. On the "Wireless network properties" page (Association tab), enter the following information:
    • Type "ritwpa2" (without the quotes) in the "Network name SSID:" text box
    • Select "WPA2" for the "Network Authentication" field
    • Select "AES" for the "Data encryption" field
  8. Click on the "Authentication" tab

    Auth Tab

  9. On the "Authentication" tab, enter the following information:
    • Ensure the checkbox "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication..." is checked
    • Select "Protected EAP (PEAP)" for the "EAP type:" field
    • Un-Check the "Authenticate as computer when computer information..." checkbox
  10. Click the "Properties" button

    EAP Properties

  11. On the "Protected EAP Properties page, enter the following information:
    • Check the "Enable Fast Reconnect" checkbox
  12. Click the "Configure..." button


  13. In the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window:
    • Un-Check the "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)" option.
  14. Click "OK" on the "EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties" window

  15. Click "OK" on the "Protected EAP Properties" window

  16. Click "OK" on the "Wireless network properties" window

  17. Look at the "Preferred networks:" area in the Wireless networks properties page, you should see an entry for the network that was just added, the entry should appear as "ritwpa2 (Automatic)"

    view ritwpa ssid

  18. Remove any entries that refer to the network "rit" and "ritwpa"

  19. Click "OK" on the " Wireless Network Connection Properties" window

  20. Click on the balloon pop-up in the lower right hand corner of your screen

    XP Balloon

  21. You will be prompted with the "Enter Credentials" window

    Enter Credentials

  22. Enter the Following information in the "Enter Credentials" Window:
    • Enter your RIT account username in the "User name:" field
    • Enter your RIT account password in the "Password:" field
    • Do not enter anything in the "Logon domain:" field
    • Click "OK" on the "Enter Credentials" window
  23. Click on the balloon pop-up in the lower right hand corner of your screen

    XP Balloon

  24. Click "OK" on the "Validate Server Certificate" window

    Validate Certificate

You should now be connected to the "ritwpa2" wireless network. You should open a web-browser and attempt to visit a site like Google. If you are redirected to the website "start.rit.edu", you need to register your computer and can do so there.

NOTE: In order to prevent potential network problems commonly associated with Windows XP, in the future please ensure you physically remove any wired network cables from your computer prior to connecting to the RIT wireless network.