Connecting Windows XP to Wired Network

Complete the following steps to set up your Windows XP SP3 computer to use the secure Catawba wired network.

  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.

  2. On the left-hand side you should see a Switch to Classic View link. Click on it.

    If you do not see this link or you see the Switch to Category View link then you are already in the correct view.

  3. Once in Classic View, double-click on the icon for Administrative Tools.
  4. Double-click on Services.
  5. Scroll down to Wired AutoConfig and double-click on it.
  6. In the Wired AutoConfig Properties window make sure that Startup Type is set to Automatic. Under Service Status: click the Start button. If you are able to click on the Stop or Restart buttons, then the service is already started.

    Click OK.

    You may now close out of all open windows.
  7. Click Start, and again select Control Panel.

  8. Double click on the icon for Network Connections.

    *Note: This icon will only appear in Classic View. For instructions on how to see your control panel in Classic View, see Step 2.

  9. Right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties.
  10. Select the Authentication tab:
    • Make sure Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication is checked.
    • Under Choose an authentication method: make sure Protected EAP (PEAP) is selected.
    • If you see: Cache user information for subsequent connections to this network, check this box.*
    • Click Settings... (Properties on some computers.)
      *Note: Checking this box will cause the computer to save your username and password every time you connect. If you share your computer with other users you should not check this box.

  11. In the Protected EAP Properties Window:
    • Uncheck Validate Server Certificate.
    • Under Select Authentication Method choose Secured Password (EAP-MSCHAP v2).
    • Click Configure...

  12. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password, then click OK. Click OK two more times and close the remaining Windows.
  13. A bubble will pop-up in the lower right portion of your screen requesting additional information - Click on it. (It may take a minute or so for this box to appear.)

    *Note: If the bubble does not pop-up, try disconnecting your network cable for about 10 seconds and then plugging it back in.
  14. Enter your Catawba username in the User name field and your Catawba password in the Password field. Leave the Logon domain field blank. Click the OK button.
  15. You should now be connected to the secure Catawba Wired Network. If you were unable to connect with these instructions, you can bring your computer to the Information Technology department (downstairs of Hoke) and we will assist you in connecting.