Wireless Setup

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This page is intended for University of Akron technical support staff. If you are a student or require assistance in setting up a wireless profile for campus, please see wireless.

Wireless Setup

Compatible Cards/Devices

In order to have a wireless connection to the University of Akron's network you must have one of the following cards:

  • Cisco Systems Cards
  • Intel 2100 or higher numbered cards
  • Atheros AR5005 and AR5006-series cards.
  • Broadcom cards
  • Dell Axim x50 series
  • Apple Airport and Airport Extreme cards (these show up as Atheros if using Windows on a MacBook)
  • RaLink RT2400, RT2500, and RT2600 cards

First: Determine Wireless Card/Chipset

In determining the wireless card/chipset you can do several things. The most efficient way is to:

  • Hold WindowsKey+PauseBreak (System properties)
    • This can also be accessed via right clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties
  • Go to Hardware, click Device Manager.
  • Click the '+' sign next to Network adapters.

This will allow you to easily determine which wireless card/chipset is installed.

However, many supported wireless cards are often labelled something generic, i.e. "802.11b/g WLAN." To determine if your card is compatible, please call x6888 or bring your computer to Bierce 69.

Second: Obtain Wireless Driver/Utility

The wireless drivers and utilities are usually bundled together as one package. These are available from the manufacturer's website.

Third: Configure the Utility

For a Cisco walk through click here
For a Intel walk through click here
For a Atheros walk through click here
For a Broadcom walk through click here

The University of Akron uses the Cisco proprietary method of authentication known as LEAP (Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol). By default, Windows does not support LEAP, this is why it is necessary for the manufacturer to provide support for it in the utility. Make certain that the option to let the manufacturer's utility manage the wireless connection is checked. Select either "802.11x" or "Cisco Compatible" and under authentication select "LEAP". Enter in the user's UAnet ID as the username, leave the Domain field blank. The password should be typed in BY THE USER for security purposes and then click OK/Apply. The utility should take care of the rest and after the authentication process is done, an IP should be automatically assigned to that computer.


We now have updated the Broadcom, Atheros, Intel, and Dell drivers. The entire set of "old" files is in a folder labeled "old" should compatibility issues arise. The Broadcom driver that's up now should be compatible with the Linksys WPC54G rev.3 cards that the Computer Solutions store is selling. We haven't tried any other Broadcom-based cards.

Also, if a machine comes with an existing copy of the Dell Wireless or Broadcom package, the Linksys card may work with it without installing new drivers or the new client. If the machine requires the new install, remove the existing copies of the drivers and clients and run the Autoinstaller as usual. It should detect as a Broadcom card and proceed normally.

If a user comes in with the Multiband Cisco Aironet (B/G or A/B/G) card, the utility will incorrectly identify it as an Atheros-based card. Do NOT install the drivers, they will not work.

See Also

Linux Wireless