Connecting Windows XP to Wireless

Cornell has two wireless networks, “CornellWireless”, and “CornellGuest”.  The CornellWireless network is intended for students, faculty and staff.  It gives Cornell users access to all standard resources such as email, networked applications, printing, file shares and Internet browsing. CornellGuest is to be used by people who do not have a Cornell user name and password.  It does not have access to printing, applications or file shares and is very limited in bandwidth. 


Connecting to CornellWireless With Windows XP

  1. Check to make sure your wireless card is on.
    • Your wireless card must be on to connect to the wireless network. Most computers have an indicator light for the wireless card.
    • Some computers have a button or combination of buttons to turn on your wireless.
  2. Once your wireless is on right click the wireless network connection in your system tray at the bottom right and choose view available wireless networks.
    Wireless XP Settings
  3. Click change advanced settings.
    Wireless XP Settings
  4. Go to the Wireless Networks Tab and click Add.
    Wireless XP Settings
  5. Enter CornellWireless for the network name, be sure to capitalize C and W. Make sure Network Authentication is set to WPA2 and Data Encryption is set to AES. If you do not have WPA2 use WPA and TKIP.
    Wireless XP Settings
  6. Go to the Authentication Tab.
  7. For the EAP type, choose Protected EAP (PEAP)
    Wireless XP Settings
  8. Click Properties
  9. Uncheck Validate server certificate
    Wireless XP Settings
  10. Click the Configure button on the bottom right.
  11. Uncheck "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password".
    Wireless XP Settings
  12. Click OK 3 times and the computer should search for a wireless connection.
  13. You should get a message in the system tray to choose a certificate.
    Wireless XP Settings
  14. Click on the information message and enter your user name, password, and domain.  The domain is CORNELL-COLLEGE
    Wireless XP Settings
  15. You should get a message saying you are connected.
  16. Open a web browser and you will be redirected to the Safe Connect website.
  17. Enter your network credentials and install the Safe Connect Client.


If you have any questions about connecting your computer to the wireless network or need help installing any applications, please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at extension 4357 or submit a Work Order Request and our staff will assist you as soon as possible.