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Northwest Missouri State University


Wireless

Northwest provides two wireless networks for campus users: the Guest and the Secure.

The Guest wireless network allows a user to connect to the internet with a personally-owned computer, but does not allow for printing to a networked printer or accessing network storage, is especially useful to campus visitors who want to use their computer to get onto the Internet, but who do not have a Northwest username and password.

Note: The Guest wireless network is available in such public areas as Owens Library, the Student Uniion and the Station.

In contrast to the Guest wireless, the Secure wireless network will allow you to print to a networked printer and access your network storage folder if you have a valid Northwest username and password.


Using the Northwest Wireless Network with Windows 8 and 7 (Non-University Provided Computer)

If you have a Northwest username and password and want to connect to the Secure wireless network with your personally-owned computer that has a Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating system (OS), make sure your wireless card is being controlled by Windows and not a third party.

For Instructions on connecting to Northwest's Secure Wireless network with Windows 7 if you are a student, faculty or staff member with a valid Northwest username and password, click on the Windows 7 Wireless Configuration document. 

The instructions for connecting to the campus network with Windows 8 are essentially the same as those for Windows 7.  Simply right-click on the wireless icon, open Network and Sharing Center, chose to set-up a new connection/network and select "manually" connect to a wireless network.  After that, follow the steps outlined in the Windows 7 Wireless Configuration document.  Click on Getting on to the Northwest Wireless Network with Windows 8 for detailed instructions.

Note:  If, after configuring your computer using the Windows 7 Wireless Configuration document, you cannot log on to the Northwest Secure Wireless Network with your username and password, try restarting your computer.  Once you have restarted, try logging back into the Northwest Secure Wireless Network.  If, after restarting, you still cannot log in to the Secure Wireless Network, go back through the instructions carefully to make sure you did not miss a step in the configuration process.  You many also want to check for updated drivers for your wireless card.


Using the Northwest Wireless Network with VISTA (Non-University Provided Computer)

If you have a Northwest username and password and want to connect to the Secure wireless network with your personally-owned computer that has a Windows VISTA operating system (OS), make sure your wireless card is being controlled by Windows and not a third party.

For Instructions on connecting to Northwest's Secure Wireless network with VISTA if you are a student, faculty or staff member with a valid Northwest username and password, click on the Windows VISTA Wireless Configuration document.

Note: If, after configuring your computer using the Windows VISTA Wireless Configuration document, you cannot log on to the Northwest Secure Wireless Network with your username and password, try restarting your computer. Once you have restarted, try logging back into the Northwest Secure Wireless Network. If, after restarting, you still cannot log in to the Secure Wireless Network, go back through the instructions carefully to make sure you did not miss a step in the configuration process. You many also want to check for updated drivers for your wireless card.


Using the Northwest Wireless Network with XP (Non-University Provided Computer)

If you do have a Northwest username and password and want to connect to the Secure wireless network with your personally-owned computer using Windows XP, your wireless card must be controlled by Windows and not a third party.

For Instructions on connecting to the Secure wireless network with a personally-owned (non-univesity provided) computer if you are a student, faculty or staff member with a valid Northwest username and password, click here.

Note: Windows VISTA and Windows 7 will not be successful in connecting to the Northwest's Secure wireless network with these instructions. See the Windows VISTA and Windows 7 configuration documentation on this web page.