How to connect a Windows 7 PC to the new wired network

I.T. Services is currently in process of upgrading our existing wired network infrastructure across campus in order to improve its speed, functionality, and security. Similarly to our wireless network, only people with a valid UWIn ID will be able to connect to the new improved wired network.

This document applies only to the following buildings that are already on the new wired network:

  • University Computer Centre (as of Nov 2015)

The first step is to plug your PC into an active network jack on the wall using a network patch cord. Not all of the network jacks in every building are active. If after plugging your PC into a network jack you do not see green and/or amber lights blinking on the back of your PC's network port, this means that this network jack is not active. Please contact I.T. Services Service Desk if you need to have this jack activated providing the name of the building and the number that appears on the sticker on the jack's wall plate.

Once your PC is connected, your Windows will automatically request and obtain an IP address from the DHCP server, and auto configure your network connection. If this process was successful, you will see the following icon in your Windows system tray after a few minutes:

 

 At this point, you will only have limited "guest" access to the Network. If you need a full access, you will need to configure your Windows network settings and enable network authentication feature (also known as 802.1X authentication). This feature ensures that only people with a valid UWIn ID are able to use our network with full access, similarly to our wireless network. Follow these steps:

1. Go to your Windows control panel, launch Administrative Tools, then Services.

2. Scroll down the list of services until you find one called Wired AutoConfig and ensure that it is set to Automatic, then start the service.

  

 

 3. Once this service is running, you will see the "Authentication" tab after you open your "Network Connection Properties". The fastest way to get there is to right click the Network Connection icon in Windows System Tray, and select "Open Network and Sharing Center", then click on "Change adapter settings." You then right click the "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties."

 

 

 

 

4. Click on the "Authentication" tab, and ensure that the box next to "Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication" is checked.

5. Click on the "Settings" button next to "Choose a network authentication method" and remove checkbox form "Validate server certificate," then click OK.

 

 

 

5. NOTE: This step applies only to computers that are not joined to Active Directory domain. If your computer is a member of Active Directory domain, please go to step 6.

Click on the "Configure" button next to "Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)" in the "Select Authentication Method" section. Ensure that the box next to "Automatically use my Windows login name and password" is not checked.

 

 

 

 6. Click on the "Additional Settings" button" and ensure that the box next to "Specify authentication mode" is checked, then select "Computer or user authentication" form the drop down list. 

 

 

7. NOTE: This step applies only to computers that are not joined to Active Directory domain. If your computer is a member of Active Directory domain, please go to step 8.

Click on the "Save credentials" button and enter your UWin ID and password.

 

 

8. Close all boxes by clicking OK. If you get prompted to select network type, please select "Work network."

 

 

 

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Mon 11/2/15 1:46 PM
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