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Queen's University

Windows XP - QueensuSecure_WPA2


Note: If you are having trouble configuring a wireless connection please drop by the Learning Commons Desk, located on the ground floor of Stauffer Library, for help.


What Do I Need To Connect To QueensuSecure_WPA2?


To connect to the Secure Wireless Network at Queen's (QueensuSecure_WPA2) you will need:

  • A Queen's NetID and password
  • A wireless network card that supports secure wireless encryption using WPA2
  • A location close to one of the Queen's access points.
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft's WPA2 Hotfix

1. Check that you are running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3

  • Click on Start
  • Right click on My Computer
  • Go to Properties
  • Service Pack 2/3 should be displayed. If it is not, you will need to update your Operating System before you can continue. Go to

System Properties
2. Your Wireless card also needs to support WPA2. 


How Do I know if my wireless card supports WPA2?


1.Open the Start menu and select Connect to

  • From the flyout menu select Wireless Network Connection
Start Menu

2. The Wireless Network Connection screen will open

  • Select the Change advanced settings from the Related Tasks menu

Wireless connections list

3. The Wireless Network Connection Properties screen will open

  • Click on the Wireless Networks tab to open it
  • Click the Properties button

New wireless connection

4. The QueensuSecure_WPA2 properties screen will open

  • Click on the Network Authentication: drop down menu. If you do not see WPA2 your wireless network card does not support WPA2.

Changing and setting properties

Before you configure your connection


Go to and log in to check your status. This is a one time step only and must be completed by All Students, Faculty and Staff.


Configure Your Wireless Connection


1. Left Mouse Click on the wireless icon located in the system tray and select Open Network Connections.

the options availale went the icon on statusbar is clicked

2. The Network Connections screen will open.

  • Right Mouse Click on the wireless connection you are configuring and
  • Select Properties from the flyout menu

Network connections window
3.The Wireless Network Connection Properties screen will open.
  • Check the box Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings
  • Click the Add button

adding new network connections
4. The wireless Network Properties screen will open
  • On the Association Tab
    • In the Network name (SSID): box enter QueensuSecure_WPA2
    • Check the box Connect even if this network is not broadcasting
    • From the Network Authentication: drop down menu select WPA2
    • From the Data encryption: drop down menu select AES
  • Click the Authentication Tab

other options
5. On the Authentication Tab
  • From the EAP type: drop down menu select Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • Uncheck the box  Authenticate as computer when computer information is available
  • Uncheck the box Authenticate as guest when user or computer information is unavailable
  • Click the Properties button

Wireless Network Properties: Authentication Tab

6.The Protected EAP Properties screen will open

  • Uncheck the Validate server certificate box
  • Check the box Enable Fast Reconnect
  • Click the Configure button

Protected EAP properties

7. The EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties screen will open

  • Uncheck the box beside Automatically use my Windows Logon name and password (and domain if any).
  • Click the OK button

EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties Window

8. The Wireless Network Connection 2 ... screen will re-open

  • Click the OK button


9. Your Wireless connection is now configured and will begin to connect to the QueensuSecure_WPA2 network.

  • When the Enter Credentials screen opens enter your NetID and password. Note: The Logon domain:box remains empty.
  • Click the OK button


Note: This can take several minutes to accomplish. If you right mouse click on the wireless icon in the system tray your Network Connections screen will open and you can see that it is trying to validate.

Once the initial connection has been made, future connections should be quicker if in Step 4 you have checked the Enable Fast Reconnect box.

Additionally monitor your Wireless Network Card. A solid Link light indicates that the connection is open and a flashing light indicates that data is transferring.


Disconnect from the wireless network

1. Right Mouse Click on the wireless icon and select View Available wireless Networks from the menu.

display list

2. The Wireless Network Connection screen will open. Click on your wireless network connection in the list. Click the Disconnect button at the bottom of the screen.

select network

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