Unlike previous versions of the OS, Windows 8/10/11 will not attempt to automatically use local credentials for wireless connections. As such, associating with an 802.1X-protected SSID consists of simply connecting to the network, as outlined below:
- Navigate to the Desktop.
- Select the wireless network icon on the lower-right hand of the screen.
- Select the intended SSID on the right.
- Check/uncheck the Connect automatically option as intended, and press Connect.
- Enter the username and password of the Cloud4Wi user, in the User name and Password fields respectively.
- Select Connect.
- If prompted about a certificate warning, select Connect again.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista
It is important to manually configure WPA2-Enterprise for your wireless network profile in Windows Vista and Windows 7. You must not be in the process of associating to the SSID because the configurations will not save correctly. Follow the steps below to configure WPA2-Enterprise.
- In Windows, navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Manage Wireless networks.
- Click Add.
- Choose Manually create a network profile.
- On the next page, enter the following:
- Network name: This is the SSID name. It is case-sensitive.
- Security type: Choose WPA2-Enterprise.
- Encryption type: Choose AES.
- Enable Start this connection automatically if you want Windows to connect to this network automatically.
- Check Connect even if the network is not broadcasting if the SSID is hidden and you want Windows to connect to this network automatically.
- Click Next.
If the RADIUS server has a certificate that may not be trusted by the wireless client or is not a member of the domain in which the RADIUS server resides, on the "Successfully added" page, click Change connection settings.
- Choose the Security tab.
- Click Settings.
- Uncheck Validate server certificate if the wireless client may not trust the RADIUS server certificate.
- For the Authentication Method, choose EAP-MSCHAP v2.
- Click Configure.
- Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon on name and password if the computer is not on the domain.
- Click OK.
It may be required to a specific user or computer authentication based on whether the client is part of the domain or if the machine or user authentication is a condition of the RADIUS policy.
To choose the user or computer authentication, from the Security tab,
a) Click Advanced settings
b) Select the 802.1X settings tab
c) Enable Specify authentication mode.
d) Choose User or computer authentication. Or choose an alternate option if required.
e) Click OK to close out.
Note: Your computer will use your Windows logon credentials and domain unless you uncheck the box as shown in the Step 12 screenshot.