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Accessing Eduroam Wireless with Windows 8

This article explains how to configure and connect a Windows 8 laptop to the eduroam [PDF] wireless network at participating educational institutions.

Configuration guide

1.  Login to Windows 8.
2.  Click on the Desktop tile.

Windows 8 desktop tile.

3.  Right Click on the Network Connection icon at the bottom right of the screen.

Windows 8 network connection icon.

4.  Select Open Network and Sharing Center.

Web page snippet of windows 8 open network and sharing center.

5.  Click on Set up a new connection or network.

Windows 8 set up a new connection or network window.

6.  Double click on Manually Connect to a wireless network.

Windows 8 manually connect to a wireless network screen.

7.  Enter the following information in the Manually connect to wireless network dialog box:

    • Network name:  eduroam (all lower-case)
    • Security type:  WPA2-Enterprise (via drop-down arrow)
    • Encryption type:  AES (via drop-down arrow)

Click Next.

Windows 8 enter eduroam information for the wireless network to be added screen.

8.  You have now successfully added eduroam to your network profile list.  Click Change Connection settings.

Web page snippet eduroam windows 8 change connection settings.

9.  In the eduroam Wireless Network Properties window:

1.  Click the Security tab.
2.  Click Settings.

Windows 8 eduroam wireless network properties security and settings tabs.

10.  At the Protected EAP Properties window:

1. Uncheck Verify the server’s identity by validating the certificate.
2.  Uncheck Enable Fast Reconnect.
3.  Click Configure.

Eduroam protected EAP properties configure button.

11.  In the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon…. and click OK.

Windows 8 eduroam automatically use my windows logon name and password check box.

12.  You should now be returned to the Wireless Network Properties window.  Click Advanced settings.

Windows 8 wireless network properties security tab advanced settings button.

13.  In the Advanced settings window, select the 802.1X settings tab and configure the following settings:

    • Enable the Specify authentication mode checkbox.
    • Select User or computer authentication from the drop-down menu.
    • Select Enable single sign on for this network checkbox.
Windows 8 eduroam advanced settings screen.
    • Click OK or Close, as necessary, to close all open dialog boxes.

Connection guide

1.  Click on the Wireless Connection icon.

2.  Select eduroam from the list of available networks and click Connect.

Web page snippet windows 8 eduroam network and connect button.

3.  Enter your BCIT ID (in the format A00xxxxxx@ad.bcit.ca) and password, then click OK.

Windows 8 eduroam network authentication bcit id and password fields.

You should now be connected to eduroam.

Web page snippet windows 8 eduroam network connected.