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PittNet(Wired): Configuring Windows Vista for Wired Publicly Accessible Network Ports

Overview

The 802.1x protocol is the protocol that is used for wired access to the University's network (PittNet) through publicly accessible network ports. These connections may be located in residence halls, classrooms, conference rooms, or other public areas. The simplest way to connect is to use our automated wizard. If the wizard does not work, you can use the steps in this document to manually configure your Windows computer to use network ports in public areas and residence halls. Remember: You must have administrative rights to your computer to complete these steps.

Before you manually configure your computer, be sure to install the required InCommon certificates using the steps in the help sheet titled Installing the InCommon and UserTrust Certificates (Windows).

Section 1 - Enable the Wired Auto Config Service

Be sure you have connected your computer to the network port with an Ethernet cable before you begin the steps below.

1. Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.

Note: Be sure the Control Panel is in Classic View.

2. Select Administrative Tools.

3. Select Services.

4. Right click on Wired AutoConfig and select Properties.

5. Set Startup type: to Automatic and click OK.

Startup Type

6. Restart the computer.

Section 2 - Configure the Native 802.1x Client

Set the Local Area Connection to be the Priority Connection

1. Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.

Note: Be sure the Control Panel is in Classic View.

2. Select Network and Sharing Center.

3. Select Manage network connections.

4. Press the Alt key to activate the menu bar.

5. Click the Advanced menu and select Advanced Settings.

Advanced settings

6. Below Connections, use the Up Arrow to move the Local Area Connection to the top of the list.

Local area connection

7. Click OK.

Modify the Ethernet Card Speed and Power Management

Note: Before beginning the steps in the rest of this document, unplug your Ethernet cable from your computer.

1. You should still be in Network Connections. Right click on the Local Area Connection and then select Properties.

Local area connection

2. Click Configure.

3. Click the Advanced tab and set the ethernet card Speed & duplex settings to 100 Mbps Full Duplex.

Speed and Duplex

4. Click the Power Management tab and uncheck the box next to "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power".

5. Click OK to save your changes.

Make Additional Changes to the Local Area Connection Properties and Connect to PittNet

1. Install the required InCommon certificates using the steps in the help sheet titled Installing the InCommon and UserTrust Certificates (Windows).

2. Click the Start menu and select Control Panel. Click Network and Internet, then click Network and Sharing Center.

Network and sharing center

3. Click Manage network connections on the left-hand side of the screen.

4. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties.

5. Under This connection uses the following items, check the following:

  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
  • Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Leave the remaining options unchecked

Local area connection properties

6. Click the Authentication tab and select the following settings:

  • Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication is checked
  • Choose a network authentication method should be set to PEAP
  • Cache user information for subsequent connections to this network is unchecked
  • Click the Settings button next to Choose a network authentication method

7. Enter the following settings:

  • Validate Server Certificate is checked
  • Connect to these servers is checked and set to ias.cssd.pitt.edu
  • AddTrust External CA Root is checked under Trusted Root Certification Authorities
  • Do not prompt user to authorize... is checked
  • Select Authentication Method is set to Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)
  • Enable fast reconnect is checked
  • Click Configure next to Select Authentication Method

EAP Properties

8. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) and click OK.

9. Click OK.

10. Click OK.

11. Click the Additional information is needed bubble at the bottom of the screen.

Additional information needed bubble

12. Enter your University Computing Account username and password and click OK.