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Getting Connected to Northwest Secure Wireless

Non-Campus issued laptop - Windows 7

Connecting to Northwest’s Secure wireless network with your personal computer should be fast and easy if you follow these instructions. To connect your personally-owned computer (with Windows 7 OS) to Northwest’s secure wireless network (NWMSU_Secure), please do the following:

  • Click on the wireless network icon.
    • Usually the wireless network icon can be found as an image in the lower left corner of your computer screen near the clock.
  • A list of available wireless networks will appear.

Wireless Network Connection

  • Click on Open Network and Sharing Center.

Network and Sharing Center

  • Click on Manage Wireless networks.
  • Click Add.

Add Wireless Network

  • The Manually connect to a wireless network window appears.
  • Click on Manually create a network profile.

Manually create a network profile

  • The Enter information for the wireless network you want to add window appears.
  • In the Network Name field, type NWMSU_Secure
  • In the Security type field, select WPA2-Enterprise.
  • In the Encryption type, select AES.

Wireless Network Information

  • Click the Next button.
  • Click on Change connection settings.

Change Connection Settings

  • The NWMSU Secure Wireless Network Properties window will appear.
  • Click the Security tab.

Wireless Network Security Tab

  • On Security type, select WPA2-Enterprise (if not already selected).
  • On Encryption type, select AES (if not already selected).
  • Beneath Choose a network authentication method:, select Protected EAP (PEAP).
  • Click the Settings button.
  • The Protected EAP Properties window will appear.

Protected EAP Properties

  • UncheckValidate server certificate.
  • Click the Configure button.
  • The EAP MsCHAPv2 Properties window will appear.

EAP MsCHAPv2 Properties Window

  • UncheckAutomatically use my windows logon name and password (and domain if any).
  • Click the OK button.
    • Click OK on all other open windows that may appear to save the settings.
  • TheAdditional information is required to connect to NWMSU_Secure balloon (pop-up) will appear.

Additional Information Pop-up

  • Click on the text Additional Information is required to connect to NWMSU_Securewithin the balloon (pop-up).
  • The Windows Security “Network Authentication” dialog box will open.
  • Enter your Northwest Network Account username in the Username textbox and your current Northwest Network Account password in the Password textbox.

Network Authentication

  • You should now be on the NWMSU_Secure wireless network.
    • If not, double-check to make sure your Northwest Network Account password is not expired. If your password is not expired, remove the NWMSU_Secure network from your wireless connection list and recreate it again manually using the above instructions.

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Who do I contact if I need help with Northwest wireless (WIfI)?

Please contact the Information Technology (IT) Help Desk at 660.562.1634 or email at helpdesk@nwmissouri.edu.  Email is not recommended where timeliness is a factor.