How do I set up my computer for the wired network in halls? (Windows)

  • Use the search box by the Start button to search for Services

  • Open Services

  • Scroll down until you find the Wired AutoConfig service and double-click it
    Choosing WiredAutoConfig


  • Change the Startup type box to Automatic and then click the Start button
    Staring a service

  • Click the OK button to save your settings and then close the Services window

  • Use the search box by the Start button to search for Control Panel

  • Open Control Panel
  • Under Network and Internet click on View Network Status and Tasks

  • Click Change Adapter Settings in the left-hand tasks list
    clicking on Change Adapter Settings

  • Right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties (if you do not have a Local Area Connection try plugging in the network cable)
    Selecting Properties on Local Area Connection

  • If prompted for permission click Continue

  • In the Local Area Connection Properties window click on the Authentication Tab

    • Tick Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication

    • Choose Protected EAP (PEAP) as a network authentication method

    • Tick Remember my credentials for this connection each time I'm logged on

    • Tick Fallback to unauthorized network access
      Local Area Connection Properties with all the correct options selected#

  • Click Settings

    • In the Protected EAP Properties window

    • Untick Validate server certificate

    • Under Select Authentication Method choose Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)

    • Tick the Enable Fast Reconnect box

    • Untick all other checkboxes

Windows 7

  • Click on Configure

  • In the EAP MSCHAP v2 Properties window

    • Untick the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) and click OK to close this window and OK again to close the Protected PEAP Properties window

  • In the Local Area Connection Properties window click on Additional Settings
    Windows 7

  • In the Advanced Settings window:

    • Select User Authentication from the drop-down menu

    • Click on Save Credentials
      Windows 7


  • In the Save credentials window:

    • Type your full University email address in the top box

    • Type in your University computer account password in the bottom box

    • Click OK

Once you are on campus and in your hall bedroom you should:

  • Switch your computer on and log in
  • Connect your network cable to your computer and the socket in your hall bedroom
  • Network cables are available for purchase on campus (Where from?)
  • Your computer should automatically connect to the network within 5 minutes
  • If you have any problems connecting to the halls network, please see our halls troubleshooting page

Once connected:

  • You must ensure your computer is secure from virus attacks, hacking and spyware (How do I do that?)
  • You may set up your computer for use with your University computing account (optional) (How do I do that?)
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