Configuring UVM Wireless on Windows XP
For best results, ETS recommends that you upgrade your computer to Windows 7
or later before using the UVM Wireless Network. If you must use XP, the installation of XP Service Pack 3 is required before
connecting to the UVM Wireless network. To determine your current Service
Pack level and install Service Pack 3 if necessary, see
Installing Service Pack 3 in this document. UVM Wireless will work with
XP Service Pack 2, but several hotfixes or third-party software components
will be required for reliable connectivity to the network.
Many systems will have third-party wireless card management software
installed (such as "Intel ProSet Wireless" or "Dell WLAN Configuration
Utility"). ETS strongly recommends disabling or uninstalling this
software. Information on
ProSet can be found in the
XP Configuration with
Intel ProSet section of the UVM Wireless documentation pages. The
remainder of this documentation assumes that you have disabled third-party
wireless management tools.
Installing XP Service Pack 3
Microsoft has added many enhancements to XP's wireless capabilities since the
release of the Operating System in 2002. To ensure maximum compatibility
of XP with the UVM wireless network, it is recommended that you install Service
Pack 3 before proceeding.
- Verify the current Service Pack level of your system:
- Click the "Start" menu, then right-click "My Computer". Select
"Properties" from the pop-up menu. The "System Properties" dialog
- Note your Service Pack level under the "System:" heading. If
Service Pack 2 is listed, proceed with the next step. If you are
running Service Pack 3, then you do not need to install any additional
- Launch the Internet Explorer web browser. Under the "Tools" menu,
select "Windows Update":
- Several prompts may appear requesting that you approve the
installation of update-related components. You must approve these
- You may also be prompted to update Windows software for
compatibility with the Windows Update site. You must allow these
updates to take place:
- It is recommended that you perform a "custom" installation to ensure
that all possible updates will be displayed by the web site, but an
"Express" install should still prompt you to install Service Pack 3 (in
- When prompted, select the "Download and Install Now" option for
installing Service Pack 3:
- Once you accept the license agreement, installation should complete
without further prompting. You will be required to reboot your
computer after the Service Pack installs:
Configure a UVM Wireless Profile Manually:
- If you have not already installed Service Pack 3 on your system,
follow the instructions in the "Installing XP Service
Pack 3" section of this document before proceeding.
- Go to the "Start" menu, select "Control Panel":
- Select the "Network and Internet Connections" Control Panel group,
then select the "Network Connections" Control Panel icon. (Or, if you
see a list of Control Panel items, select the "Network Connections" item
- Locate your wireless network connection from the list of available
network adapters. Right-click the adapter and select "Properties":
- Select the "Wireless Networks" tab from the connection properties
dialog. Click "Add" to start configuring a new wireless network:
- Under the "Associations" tab of the new "Wireless network
properties" dialog, enter the following values:
Network name (SSID): UVM
Network Authentication: WPA2
Data Encryption: AES
- Under the "Authentication" tab, enter the following values:
EAP type: "Protected EAP (PEAP)"
Authenticate as computer when computer information is available: Not
- Additional EAP properties need to be specified:
"Properties" under the "EAP type" menu and provide the following
Connect to these servers: Select this box, and enter "radius.uvm.edu"
as the server name.
Trusted Root Certification Authorities: Select "Equifax
Secure Certificate Authority". If it is present, also select "GeoTrust Global CA".
(Note: If "Equifax
Secure Certificate Authority" is
not available in the list of certificates, you will need to manually
install these certificates. Download and install the Equifax Root
Certificate from the
Utilities page, then return to this document.)
Select Authentication Method: Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)
You will need to select additional authentication settings:
- Click "Configure" next to the "Select Authentication Method"
- In the "EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties" dialog, make the
- If you will be connecting to the WPA2 network from a
system that is joined to the "CAMPUS" domain, and you log in
to your workstation using your UVM NetID and passoword, you
should leave the "Automatically use my Windows login name
and password" selected.
- If your computer is not joined to the CAMPUS domain,
clear the "Automatically use my Windows login name and
- Click "OK" to close the MSCHAPv2 Properties.
- Click "OK" to close the "Protected EAP Properties"
- Click "OK" to close the "Wireless network properties"
- Click "OK" to close the properties dialog for your wireless network
- If you select to use "passthough authentication" in 22.214.171.124, you should
now connect automatically to the WPA2 network whenever it is in rage of you
system. If you are not using passthough authentication, at this point
a message should appear in your system tray that
states "Additional information is required to connect to WPA2.". Click
this alert bubble:
- A "Enter Credentials" dialog should appear. Provide the following
information, then click "OK":
- User name: [Your UVM NetID]
- Password: [Your UVM NetID password]
- Logon domain: [leave blank]
- You should now be connected to the UVM wireless network:
A Note On Password Caching:
When you provide your username and password to the XP Wireless Connection
Manager, this information will be cached in the Windows registry for future
use by the currently logged in account. This behavior cannot be
disabled. If users of a shared computer log into the same local
account, they will end up sharing this wireless password cache as well.
Thus, if you are sharing a local account on a Windows XP machine, you likely
will not want to connect to the UVM Wireless network.
If this situation cannot be avoided, it is possible to delete the
Wireless password cache. It is recommended that you configure shared
systems to run the following registry update on each logout or reboot:
(The utility "reg.exe", which is included with Windows XP Professional, can
be used with the "/import" switch to automate this registry update.)
More information on this issue can be found here: