Wireless Networking: Enabling and Authenticating

In anticipating the next major trend of computing, the School of Business Administration is able to support all state of the art wireless devices including PDA's with 802.11B Wi-Fi cards, Tablet PC's and any device with a network interface card. The real hurdle of this technology is that the UVM Wireless Network is protected by a firewall. This firewall requires wireless devices to authenticate and prove that they are a UVM community member. This hurdle can be overcome through the use of a third party software product.

To enable Your wireless NIC Card in Windows XP:

To authenticate against the UVM firewall for the wireless network

The client application (The University of Vermont VPN Client) should auto-initiate when your wireless card is enabled and on-campus. That means you should see a login window asking you to enter your zoo username and password.

Note: If you don't have the UVM VPN client installed on your machine yet, do the following:

  1. Go to www.uvm.edu/software
  2. Select Cisco VPN Client and click Download
  3. Select Open from Current Location.
  4. After unzipping, it will state that installing this will change your IP settings, Click "Yes" to accept this change.
  5. Go through the install and accept all of the default answers.
  6. At the end of the installation it will prompt you to restart, do so.

After restarting:

Windows XP: You need to tell your wireless card what network you want to connect too. Try the following:

To use the University of Vermont Network

To connect from off-campus

First and foremost you need an internet connection. You can get this through any common Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Earthlink, Net Zero, Adelphia, AOL, etc.

Once you are on-line with your ISP you can then set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection to the University of Vermont Network. By doing this you will be able to access your X-Drive and use Outlook to view your Business School E-mail. To do this, you need to have the University of Vermont VPN Client installed on your computer. If you don't have this software on your machine, go to:

  1. Go to www.uvm.edu/software
  2. Select Cisco VPN Client and click Download
  3. Select Open from Current Location.
  4. After unzipping, it will state that installing this will change your IP settings, Click "Yes" to accept this change.
  5. Go through the install and accept all of the default answers.
  6. At the end of the installation it will prompt you to restart, do so.

If you have forgotten your zoo account credentials or have never activated your account, go to the following site and change your password or activate your account: www.uvm.edu/account.

After clicking on Secure Network Access, opening Outlook will display your Business School E-mail.

Please note: Depending on who logged onto the computer at the CTRL+ALT+DLT Network Logon Screen. If you entered your Business School User Name, Password and BSADNET for the Domain, Outlo ok will use these credentials to display your e-mail.

Find more information on the UVM ETS website.