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Windows Vista - Set Up Your Machine For Wireless Network

IS&T recommends using MIT SECURE instead of the regular MIT wireless network unless your network card, operating system or device does not support the WPA2 Enterprise security method. The MIT network will eventually be phased out.
  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
    Result: The Control Panel window opens.
    Control panel

  2. If the Control Panels are set to Category View (approximately 11 icons listed), click the option in the upper left corner of the window labeled Classic View.
    Result: The Control Panel appears in Classic View, more similar to the way it looked in earlier Windows operating systems.
    Classic view

  3. Double-click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
    Result: The Network and Sharing Center window opens.
    Network and sharing center

  4. From the Tasks list on the left, select Manage wireless networks.
    Result: The Manage wireless networks that use (Wireless Network Connection 2) window opens.
    Manage wireless networks screen

  5. Click on Add.
    Result: The "How do you want to add a network?" window opens.
    Add network screen

  6. Select Add a network that is in range of this computer.
    Result: The Select a network to connect to window opens.
    Select network screen

  7. Select the MIT wireless network that is listed and click Connect.
    Result: The "MIT is an unsecured network" window opens.
    Unsecured network message

  8. Select Connect Anyway.
    Result: Windows Vista will now attempt to connect to the MIT network.
    Connecting to MIT screen

    Result: When you are successfully connected, the Successfully connected to MIT window opens.
    Successfully connected screen

  9. Check the boxes for Save this network and Start this network automatically. Click Close.
    Result: When you are successfully connected, the "Manage wireless networks that use (Wireless Network Connection 2)" window opens showing that the MIT network is now listed in the list of available wireless networks.
    Manage wireless networks screen

  10. Close the Control Panel and open a browser to register your wireless network network card on the MIT network.
    Result: You will be directed to the DHCP registration page.
    Welcome to network registration screen

  11. On this web page, use the correct link to register your machine on the MIT network.
    Result: The DHCP page opens.
    Registration page

  12. To continue, click Register.
    Result: The Login window opens.
    Login window

  13. Enter your Kerberos username and password. Click Register.
    Result: The registration is complete and you will have network access within 15 minutes.
    Registration complete message

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February 24, 2017

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