WiFi for Windows Vista

There are several methods to configure the wireless connection on Windows Vista.  This document outlines one of those methods.  Prior to setting up the wireless connection, please make sure that your laptop is equipped with the necessary wireless hardware.  If you are unsure, check your machine specifications or contact the computer manufacturer.

Note:  It is recommended that you install the latest wireless NIC card drivers prior to configuring your wireless. There have been several instances of non-functionality related to wireless drivers for Vista.  If you are unable to connect to the Internet after following these directions, your wireless driver may be the cause.

To configure your machine:
  1. Log into your laptop.
  2. Turn off any third-party firewall product.
  3. Click Start.
  4. Click Control Panel.
  5. Select Network and Internet.
  6. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  7. Select Manage Wireless Network.  NOTE:  Delete any previous UCM-WiFi-Secured connections prior to setting up the new connection.
  8. Select the Add button to create a new connection.
  9. Select Manually Create a Network Profile.
  10. Enter UCM-WiFi-Secured for network name.
  11. Choose WPA2-Enterprise for security type.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Select Change Connection Settings.
  14. Select Security (tab).
  15. Click Settings.
  16. Uncheck Validate Server Certificate.
  17. Click Configure.
  18. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any).
  19. Click OK until back to the Change Connection Settings screen.
  20. Click Close.

To connect your machine:  

  1. Highlight the UCM connection (or the new connection you created in the steps above).
  2. Click Adapter Properties.
  3. Under the Networking tab, uncheck File and print sharing.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Additional information is required to connect to UCM-WiFi-Secured (may be in a balloon-style tip).
  6. Enter your Network ID and Password.  If there is no domain field, you will need to enter UCMO\yournetworkID in the User name field.  If there is a domain field, you will need to enter just your network ID in the User name filed and enter UCMO in the domain field.  NOTE:  For the majority of users on recent operating systems, you will only need to use your network ID.  Some users, on older operating systems or without the most recent OS updates, will need to specify the domain in front of the network ID, i.e. they will need to pub "UCMO\" in front of the network ID.
  7. Close all dialog boxes and launch your Internet browser.
If you are able to access the Internet, you have successfully configured your wireless for Windows Vista.
If you are unable to access the Internet, please visit the Technology Support Center for assistance.