Wifi Vista&7

Alternative: Connecting with Windows XP

This document explains how to connect a Windows notebook to the Wellesley College network using a wireless Ethernet card. Wireless networking cards are to be used in addition to wired networking--they are not a complete substitute. Before setting up your wireless connection, please read the Guidelines for Use of the Wireless Network at Wellesley College.

NOTE: For best results, we recommend that you disable your wireless connection when using your wired connection, and re-enable it when you are using wireless , as it can conflict with Cisco Clean Access and authenticating your computer. WARNING: Don't forget to disable your wireless if you need to disconnect from the network because of a virus issue or because you are following documentation that requires you to disconnect from the

Configuring a Windows Notebook for Wireless Connection

1. Make sure your wireless adapter is active. Some laptops have either a physical switch on the laptop, or function keys to enable/disable the adapter.

2. Some laptops may come with customized software to manage wireless network connections. The directions below are for using Windows to manage wireless networks. If these directions do not work, please consult your laptop's user guide on how to connect to wireless networks.

3. From the Start menu, choose Connect To.

4. In the Connect to network window, select Wellesley or nostrings. If neither appear, you may need to click the refresh double-arrow button on the right. Click Connect.

5. A new window may warn you that "Wellesley/nostrings is an unsecured network." Select Connect Anyway.

6. A window will announce that you have "Successfully connected to Wellesley/nostrings"; make sure Save this network and Start this connection automatically are both checked. Click Close.

Using a Wireless Connection

1. Position your notebook within range of a wireless access point. You should be able to connect at least 100 feet away from a wireless access point, but if you are having trouble there may be interference from people or devices in the area. Try moving to a different spot. When verifying your connection for the first time, move as close to the wireless access point as possible to be sure that you are within range.

2. Check if you are already connected to the network by launching a web browser and trying to visit websites.

Switching Between a Wireless Connection and a Wired Connection

It may take a few seconds for your computer to pick up a wireless signal after you have switched from a wired connection.

  • After your computer has been configured for wireless and wired connections Windows should detect which is available - either the cable is connected or there is a signal to the wireless card or both.

    However, for best results, we recommend that you disable your wireless connection when using your wired connection, and re-enable it when you are using wireless, as it can conflict with Cisco Clean Access and authenticating your computer.
  • You should not need to reconfigure or disable either connection; however, if you decide to disable the wired or wireless connection, look for the network connection icon in the task bar near the time. Right-click on the icon and choose Disable. If the network connection icon has a red X there is no connection available.
     
  • To enable/disable either connection, select the Start menu > Control Panel. Then click Network and Sharing Center > Manage network connections. Right-click on the wireless or ethernet connection, and then either select disable or enable.

Disabling/Enabling your Wireless Connection

If you are following documentation that requires you to disconnect from the network, you will need to both unplug your network cord and disable your wireless connection. To temporarily disable your wireless connection, you can try one of these methods:

1. Most laptops have a physical switch that turn your wireless off or on. If you are not sure of its location, try consulting your manufacturer's manual.

2. Some laptops may also have a keyboard switch. For example, on Wellesley-owned Lenovo laptops, pressing FN + F2 on your keyboard will disable and enable your wireless. Usually the key has a wireless symbol, but you may have to consult your manufacturer's manual.

3. You can also disable and enable wireless from your Vista operating system. First, select the Start menu > Control Panel. Then click Network and Sharing Center > Manage wireless connections. Right-click on the wireless connection, and then either select disable or enable.

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