How do I connect to UIC-WiFi using Windows?

Connecting to our wireless network through Windows is easy with your UIC netID and password. Windows 8 requires no external software, it's just a simple login. For Windows XP / Vista / 7, we have a UIC-WiFi Installer that can be downloaded and used to automatically configure your connection. We also have manual instructions at the bottom for people who would prefer to do that.

Connect to UIC-WiFi with Windows 8

  1. Open the Settings menu and click on Networks
  2. Select the network named UIC-WiFi
    Windows 8 - Network Selection
  3. You will be prompted to enter your UIC netID and common password
    Windows 8 - Authentification
  4. Windows will pop up with a message about being unable to verify the server's identity. Please press connect. Now you will be able to connect to UIC-Wifi.
    Windows 8 - Verify Server

Connect to UIC-WiFi with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Important note SecureW2 is no longer needed to connect to the UIC-WiFi network. In order to connect to UIC-WiFi using Windows (XP, Vista or 7) you can download the UIC-WiFi installer from the WebStore. Once you have the file download, please follow these instructions:

  1. Double-click on the file and install the program.
  2. Once the installation is complete, on the bottom right corner of your screen a balloon will pop up stating Additional information is needed to connect to wifi. Click once on this.
  3. Enter in your UIC netID and common password and leave everything else blank.
  4. Click Enter. You will now be able to connect to UIC-WiFi.

Manual instructions for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center. The easiest way to do this is to right-click on the wireless icon in the notification area of the Windows Task Bar (bottom right) and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
    Windows 7 - Open Network and Sharing Center
  2. Click Manage wireless networks from the menu in the blue area to the left.
    Windows 7 - Manage Wireless Networks
  3. Click Add.
    Windows 7 - Add Network
  4. Choose Manually create a network profile.
  5. Fill out/select the following on the next screen:
    1. Network name: UIC-WiFi (This has to be exactly UIC-WiFi because that is the name of the network.)
    2. Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    3. Encryption type: AES
    4. Leave the Security Key blank.
    5. Select Start this connection automatically, then click Next.
      Windows 7 Manually Connect
  6. Select Change connection settings.
  7. In the Network Properties dialog box that appears:
    1. Click on the Security tab.
    2. Then click on the Settings button, next to the network authentication method which should be Protected EAP.
      Windows 7 - Security Settings
  8. In the Protected EAP Properties dialog box:
    1. Make sure that the box next to Validate server certificate is checked
    2. Check the box next to Connect to these servers:
    3. Fill in the box below it with the following (all one line):
      wireless-auth-1.cc.uic.edu;wireless-auth-2.cc.uic.edu;wireless-auth-3.cc.uic.edu;wireless-auth-4.cc.uic.edu;wireless-auth-5.cc.uic.edu
    4. In the Trusted Root Certification Authorities section, check the box for AddTrust CA Root (if you do not see this cert in the list see Adding the CA Root Cert below.)
    5. Under Select Authentication Method:
      1. Make sure box next to Enable Fast Reconnect is checked
      2. Check the box next to Enable Identity Privacy, then fill in the text field with: Anonymous
      3. Make sure that Secure password (EAP-MSCHAP v2) is selected in the Select Authentication Method drop down list.
      4. Click the Configure... button next to the drop down list.
        Windows 7 - Protected EAP Properties
  9. In the new dialog uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name... and click OK.
  10. Then click OK twice, to close the Protected EAP Properties dialog box and the UIC-WiFi Wireless Network properties boxes.
  11. At this point close the Manually connect to a wireless network wizard.
  12. Cick on the balloon by the notification area that says that Additional information is needed to connect to UIC-WiFi.
    Windows 7 - Additional Information
  13. Your netID in the first text box and your ACCC common password in the second. Click OK.
    Windows 7 - Network Authorization

Root CA

  1. Download AddTrustExternalCARoot.crt
  2. Double click on the file after you have it downloaded.
  3. Click the Install Certificate... button in the dialog that opens up.
    Windows 7 - Install Certificate
  4. Click Next, Next, and Finish in the new dialog that opens up.
  5. You should see a small dialog box saying that the certificate installation was successful. Click OK.
  6. Now attempt to create the network profile again.

Printing on the UIC-WiFi Network

Your wireless laptop can be configured to print to the ACCC public computing lab printers. Print your jobs at any hour, day or night, pick up your output at your convenience by selecting the job(s) to be printed from a U-Print station in any public computing lab. This is the same printing system as is used with Res-Net in the dorms, and to use it, you will need to install the Res-Net Printing System client. See Res-Net Printing for links to pages with detailed instructions.

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Last updated: 

January 23, 2013

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