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SolentNet – Windows XP Connection Instructions (release 2.2)
SolentNet – Windows XP Connection Instructions
This wireless service requires a working wireless adapter in your computer that can
use either 802.11a (54Mbit/s), 802.11b (11Mbit/s) or 802.11G (54Mbit/s) and be able
to utilize WPA/WPA2 security. You also need Windows Service Pack 3 installed.
1. These instructions assume you are in range of the SolentNet wireless network.
If you have a “My Network Places” icon on your desktop then follow step 1a
otherwise follow step 1b.
1a. Right click on “My Network
Places” icon on the “Desktop” and
select “Properties” (go to step 2).
1b. Click on “Start > Settings > Control
Panel” (classic view) then double click
either on “Network Connections” *or*
“Network and Internet Connections”
then “Network Connections” (go to
step 2).
2.
*OR*
2. Right-click on the “Wireless Network Connection” icon and then select
“Properties”.
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3. Scroll down the list under “This connection uses the following items:” and
make sure that “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” is ticked. Single-click on “Internet
Protocol (TCP/IP)” and then click on the “Properties” button.
4. On the tab marked “General”, make sure the top two options in each section:
“Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address
automatically” are selected.
Click on the “OK” button.
5. Now click on the “Wireless Networks” tab. Make sure that the checkbox
marked “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings” is selected. In
the “Preferred Networks” section of this window, click on “Add”.
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6. In the “Network Name [SSID]” box type in SolentNet and set “Network
Authentication:” to be “WPA2” (sometimes listed as “WPA2-Enterprise”) and
“Data encryption:” to be “AES”.
N.B. if your wireless network
adapter does not support
“WPA2” or “AES” then you
can use “WPA” (“WPAEnterprise”) and “TKIP”
instead. In order of
preference, the options you
can use to connect to
SolentNet are as follows:
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WPA2 with AES
WPA2 with TKIP
WPA with AES
WPA with TKIP
Make sure that the option “This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network;
wireless access points are not used” is not ticked.
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7. Click on the “Authentication” tab. Set “EAP type:” to be “Protected EAP
(PEAP)” and make sure that the following options are NOT ticked: “Authenticate
as computer when computer information is available” and “Authenticate as
guest when user or computer information is unavailable”. Click on the
“Properties” button.
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8. If “Validate server certificate” is not ticked then tick it. You should then
scroll down the list of “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” until you see
“AddTrust External CA Root” listed and tick it.
For “Select Authentication Method:” select “Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP
v2)” and then make sure “Enable Fast Reconnect” is ticked. Click on the
“Configure…” button.
Make sure the option “Automatically use my Windows logon name and password
(and domain if any)” is NOT ticked. Click on “OK”.
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For extra security, leave “Validate server certificate” ticked.
This option means that you will be asked to verify the server certificate when you
connect to SolentNet to verify that it belongs to a Southampton Solent University
server. The certificates used by SolentNet are all issued by “TERENA SSL CA” and
have the following names:
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•
•
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r1.solent.ac.uk
r2.solent.ac.uk
r3.solent.ac.uk
r4.solent.ac.uk
r5.solent.ac.uk
If you do not want to go through this extra step of security checking when
connecting to SolentNet then untick “Validate server certificate” before clicking
on “OK”. You should now be back at the “SolentNet Wireless Network
properties” dialog box. Click on “OK” to close it.
9. Click on the “Connection” tab and make sure “Connect when this network is
in range” is ticked. Click on “OK”.
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10. In the “Preferred Networks” section, click on the “Advanced” button.
Select the option “Access point (infrastructure) networks only” and make sure
“Automatically connect to non-preferred networks” is NOT ticked.
Click on “Close” then “OK”.
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11. Click on “OK” on the “Wireless Networks” dialog box.
12. If you’re within range of SolentNet, the prompt below should appear in the
bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Click on it and a dialog box should appear to ask for your username and password
details.
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13. For “User name” and “Password”, enter your Novell username and password
(the ones you normally use to log on to the network, Portal, myCourse etc.).
Leave “Logon domain:” blank and click on “OK”.
14. If you left “Validate server certificate” ticked in step 8 then you’ll now be
asked to validate that you’re connecting to a Southampton Solent University server
before it sends your username and password.
The certificates used by SolentNet are all issued by “TERENA SSL CA” with a Root
Certification Authority of “Addtrust External CA Root”. If you click on “View
Server Certificate” then you should see one of the following names:
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•
•
•
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r1.solent.ac.uk
r2.solent.ac.uk
r3.solent.ac.uk
r4.solent.ac.uk
r5.solent.ac.uk
If it is a valid server name then click on “OK” and then “OK” again. You should
now be connected to SolentNet.
It’s vitally important that you now configure your web browser
correctly or you will not be able to access the Internet.
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15. If you use Internet Explorer, start it up and then click on the menu option
“Tools” and then select “Internet Options…”.
Click on the “Connections” tab
Click the “LAN Settings…” button.
Make sure that “Use automatic configuration script” is the ONLY option selected
and type http://proxysetup.solent.ac.uk/ for “Address”
Click on “OK” then “OK”. You should now be able to browse the Internet.
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16. If you use Mozilla Firefox, start it up and select the menu option “Tools” then
select “Options…”.
Click on the “Advanced” icon and then the “Network” tab.
Under “Connection”, click on the “Settings…” button.
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Select “Automatic proxy configuration URL” and, in the box below it, type
http://proxysetup.solent.ac.uk/ and click on “OK” then “OK” again.
You should now be able to browse the Internet.
17. Most other web applications will either get their proxy settings automatically
from Internet Explorer’s settings or can be configured to do so e.g. McAfee
antivirus
If you have problems with other web applications, make sure that Internet
Explorer is properly configured as per step 16 and that the application you are
trying to use is configured to use Internet Explorer’s proxy settings.
IMPORTANT: The settings in steps 15, 16 and 17 are ONLY required
when connecting to a network at Southampton Solent University.
Before connecting to any other network, please remember to remove
the references to http://proxysetup.solent.ac.uk/
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