Wireless Setup

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Wireless Setup

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Wireless Access(XP)
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Wireless Access(Vista)
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Wireless Access (OSX)
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Wireless Access (Linux)

Legacy Wireless Install

For most modern OSs are capable of using PEAP. This includes Linux, OSX, and XP and higher. If you are unable to use PEAP, you must use the legacy wireless authentication and encryption. The legacy wireless settings involve using CISCO LEAP as the encryption / authentication system. Not all cards support LEAP. Below is a partial list. Check your wireless cards specifications to see if it supports 802.1x and LEAP.

Compatible Cards/Devices

The following partial list of Cisco Compatible wireless cards have been tested and are compatible on University of Akron's wireless network:

  • Apple Airport and Airport Extreme cards in OS X (These detect as Atheros cards when booted into Windows via Boot Camp.)
  • Atheros AR500x-series cards
  • Broadcom AirForce One and Sentry5-series cards
  • Cisco Systems Aironet-series cards
  • Dell Axim x50 and x51-series PocketPCs (using bundled Odyssey Access Client)
  • Dell TrueMobile 1300 & 1400-series cards
  • Intel PRO/set 2100, 2915, 3495-series cards
  • Intel Centrino Mobile Technology
  • 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 330/972-6888 or bring your computer to Bierce 52c.

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.

See Also

Linux Wireless