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Connecting Your Windows Computer to the MCAD Wireless Network


See also: Wireless for MacOS, Wireless for iOS, and Wireless for Android


This article gives a detailed walkthrough of the steps necessary to connect to the MCAD wireless network from a Windows computer, including screenshots. Due to MCAD's network security requirements, this process involves some extra configuration. In rare cases, some Windows devices may be unable to connect at all. For assistance, please contact or stop by the Help Desk in person with your device.


1. Download and install the PEAP-GTC plugin. Select either the 32-bit or 64-bit plugin depending on the version of Windows you have installed. Most users will install the 64-bit plugin, but you can confirm whether you need 32-bit or 64-bit on a modern Windows OS (version 8 and up) by pressing ctrl+x on your keyboard and selecting "System" from the pop up menu. Then looking for the field marked "System type."



When it has finished downloading, run the application by double clicking on it in the download location. Click through the installation wizard, agreeing to the terms and conditions.


2. After downloading and installing the plugin, you’ll be prompted to restart your computer. Save any open work and restart your machine before attempting the rest of the steps below.


3. After you’ve restarted, go to the Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel. You can get here by clicking the WiFi icon in the lower right corner, clicking “Network & Internet settings” and finding a link to “Network and Sharing Center” in the window that opens. You can also type “network and sharing center” into your search bar.


4. In Network and Sharing Center, click “Set up a new connection or network,” then select “Manually connect to a wireless network” and click Next.




5. In the “Network name” field, type “MCAD.” In the “Security type” field, select “WPA2-Enterprise.” Don’t change any other fields, and click Next.



6. On the next screen, click “Change connection settings.” Go to the “Security” tab of the window that opens.



7. Click the “Settings” button to the left of the field that says “Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP)” by default. In the window that opens, uncheck the box that says “Verify the server’s identity by validating the certificate” near the top. In the dropdown field near the bottom labelled “Select Authentication Method,” select “EAP-Token.” Click OK. Multiple “Enter Credentials” windows may pop up. Ignore and press cancel on all of them.




8. Back in the “Security” tab of previous window, click the “Advanced Settings” button. Check the box that says “Specify authentication mode” and select “User authentication” in the dropdown field. Click OK.



9. Press OK again, then close the remaining window. You should now see a small window that say “Enter Credentials.” Type in your MCAD username and password (first initial last name, not your full email address). Leave the “Logon domain” field blank and press ok. (If this window doesn’t pop up automatically, click the WiFi icon in the lower right corner and select the MCAD network, then click connect.)



After you have followed all of these steps, try to load a webpage. If you are still unable to connect, contact the Help Desk. Although this is an unfortunately lengthy process, the good news is that you should only have to do it once per windows device.

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