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College Secure Wifi

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    College Secure Wifi


    Hello currently switched to Windows 8 but I am having trouble with encrypted wifi.

    So my school uses WPA2 Enterprise for our secure wifi. Usually this was easy to set up after doing some manual configurations. With Windows 8 it just doesn't work at all. I went to my schools IT department and since this Operating system is so new they had no idea why it was happening. The IT person kept trying to use the Windows 7 configuration steps but it just didn't work. Any ideas what is wrong and how I can fix it as I can't use this operating system if I can't use my laptop in the place I am 90% of my time.

    Normal wifi and Ethernet plug in work fine.

    Here is the basics on what is usually done on windows 7:
    University of Manitoba - Information Services and Technology - uofm-wpa secure wireless setup for Windows 7

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  2. #2


    The procedure in the link below shows you how to bring up the manual wireless set up in Windows 8, I'm not sure why the shortcut for this isn't showing up in WDP but it may be in the WCP which is a much better version of Windows 8.

    I'm using a wired connection or I'd show you a step by step for this.

    I copied what I could from that page, link at the bottom.

    When I started using Windows 8 I wanted to manually define a Wireless Network to connect to. Win 8 really does it best to make this as dummy proof as possible. One of the options I was missing was an overview of all networks I had been connected to in the past. In fact this is what I was looking for:

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    I might be missing the obvious, or It might be hidden somewhere in the new shiny Metro UI, but I didn’t found it. Here’s how you can start it:

    just copy paste “explorer.exe shell:::{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}” in your start – run or a command prompt.

    If I ‘m correct, I believe in Windows 7 you can find a shortcut to this in the Network and Sharing Center.

    Win 8 Client (Dev Preview): Manage Wireless Networks, Where Art Thou? | ADdict
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 consumer preview


    Quote Originally Posted by CollegeGuy View Post
    Hello currently switched to Windows 8 but I am having trouble with encrypted wifi.

    So my school uses WPA2 Enterprise for our secure wifi. Usually this was easy to set up after doing some manual configurations. With Windows 8 it just doesn't work at all. I went to my schools IT department and since this Operating system is so new they had no idea why it was happening. The IT person kept trying to use the Windows 7 configuration steps but it just didn't work. Any ideas what is wrong and how I can fix it as I can't use this operating system if I can't use my laptop in the place I am 90% of my time.

    Normal wifi and Ethernet plug in work fine.

    Here is the basics on what is usually done on windows 7:
    University of Manitoba - Information Services and Technology - uofm-wpa secure wireless setup for Windows 7

    I am also experiencing this problem. My university uses WPA2 Enterprise and no matter how I set it up it won't connect. I have even tried turning off the certificate verification. Ethernet and guest networks work here as well as my home WPA2 personal network. Not being able to connect to my University's network is a big deal breaker though.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    I have this problem as well. The help desk at my U did not know how to solve this, though they suggested it might have to do with security settings. Manually setting up the network did not help either.

    Windows 8 connects fine to public and private networks, open or with a password requirement. The problem only appears when I try to connect to my university network (on campus secure wifi). I have been looking for a solution but nothing popped up so far (and it does seem several other students have had this same problem). Please help, I'm only trying to get online.

    Regards,

    Sinclair
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2
    windows 8 consumer preview


    I was able to connect to my University's wpa2-enterprise network by using a wireless N USB adapter. So this means win 8 is capable of it, but there is some sort of conflict between the specific drivers of our laptops and windows 8 when it comes to this type of security. In my case it is the Asus ux31 atheros wireless N card that is giving me trouble. So for any of you that would like to keep win 8, but are having this issue, I would suggest temporarily using a USB adapter for your wireless connection. (Silly, I know, and I hope that this gets taken care of soon.)
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  6. #6


    I have a similar problem with a Fujitsi Lifebook running Win7 and Win8CP.

    In Win7, both the wired and built-in wireless work fine.

    In Win8, although both of those show up in Device Manager (without problems), I can only do networking by connecting a USB wireless device. When I ran diags in Win8 CP without this, it came back with no network devices found.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Did anybody figure this one out? I do not own a wireless N card, and I do not want to purchase one for two reasons:

    1. I am not 100% sure it will work.
    2. This problem should not be there. I mean, college networks connected to windows 7, and it can't be a problem with MY college network because a lot of students apparently had this problem.

    Please let me know. Any help is appreciated.

    Regards,

    Sinclair
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Getting a USB adapter should work.

    I have a Dell Duo and have the same issue. I suspect it has to do with the Atheros drivers. The built-in WiFi driver works fine at home (which is WPA2) as well as many public WiFi hotspots.

    At the college, I cannot connect unless I use my USB WiFi adapter. I don't believe it has to be N, it just has to be "not Atheros". Mine is a cheap one that uses the Realtek driver (Realtek RTL8191SU, for what it's worth), and it connects to the campus WiFi with no additional effort.

    I don't know if all Atheros based adapters are affected or just some. I might be even more specific. My Duo reports itself as an AR9285.

    -Mark
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