Configuring Windows7 built-in wireless client for PEAP+MSCHAPv2 (v3.0, 27th Feb 2014)

Described here are the steps involved in configuring the built-in wireless client under Windows 7 to use eduroam, authenticating via PEAP+MSCHAPv2. Your home site will be able to tell you whether PEAP+MSCHAPv2 is the appropriate authenticiation method that you should use.

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Information you will need

To complete these instructions you'll need some information specific to your home site/organisation, plus your own credentials, as listed below. If any of the details in your wifi profile are incorrect then your authentication will fail and you will not gain wifi access via eduroam. The IT department of your home site will be able to provide you with these details:

Information requiredSample string in the instructions below
Your home site's domain name as would appear in, for example, your e-mail address e.g. ucd.iemysite.ie
[OPTIONAL] The name of the CA certificate used by your home site for eduroam. You will not require this if your site is using a public CA which is already defined within your wireless client.GTE CyberTrust Global Root
[OPTIONAL] A file containing the actual CA certificate used by your site for eduroam. You will not require this if your site is using a public CA which is already defined within your wireless client.cacert.crt
The name on the SSL certificate presented by the authentication server at your home site e.g. tweedledum.ucd.ie certname.mysite.ie
The username you use to authenticate against your home account. Note the inclusion of your domain name e.g. jsoap@ucd.iemyname@mysite.ie
The password you use to authenticate against your home account.mypassword

Configuration instructions

Follow these steps to configure your wireless client:

  1. If your home site has provided you with a file containing a CA certificate then you will need to install it here, otherwise skip to the next step.

    Installing the CA certificate

    Further info on CA certificate

  2. Left-click on the application icon in the tray.
    Click Open Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Manage wireless networks.
  4. Click Add
  5. Select Manually create a network profile
  6. Define the profile general details:
    Network name: eduroam
    Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    Encryption type: AES
    Select Start this connection automatically
    Select Connect even if the network is not broadcasting

    Click Next

  7. Click Change connection settings
  8. Click on the Security tab.
  9. Define the authentication method:
    Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    Encryption type: AES
    Choose a network authentication method: Protected EAP (PEAP)
    Select Remember my credentials for this connection each time I'm logged on

    Click Settings

  10. Define your server security details:
    Select Validate Server Certificate
    Select Connect to these servers:certname.mysite.ie
    Trusted Root Certification Authorities: Select the appropriate CA entry for your home site from the list.
    Select Do not prompt user to authorize new servers or trusted certification authorities.
    Select Authentication Method:Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)
    Select Enable Fast Reconnect
    Select Enable Identity Privacy:anonymous

    Further info on server identity

    Click Configure

  11. Define your EAP MSCHAPv2 properties:
    Un-select Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)

    Click OK
    Click OK again.
    Click Advanced settings

  12. Define your authentication mode:
    Select Specify authentication mode:User authentication

    Click Save credentials

  13. Provide your credentials:
    User name: myname@mysite.ie
    Password: mypassword

    Further info on credential settings

    Click OK
    Click OK on subsequent windows until you are back at the Manage Wireless Networks window.

  14. You can make eduroam your preferred network by highlighting the eduroam entry and using the Move Up button to move it to the top of the list of preferred networks.

    Close the window.

  15. Your wireless client is now configured to avail of eduroam and should connect automatically when at a site where the eduroam service is available.