Windows Wireless Networking

Note the wireless network permits authenticated users to connect to the University network. In some locations we also have wired connections to the same network which permits a direct connection.

Other Resources


WatIAM Authentication

Be sure to read the Network Settings Section First
  • Open a web browser to the page http://uw-wireless - you should get redirected to an authentication page
  • For UofW users enter your standard WatIAM userid and password
  • Network/Security restrictions
    Note for other then web traffic you must run the MINUWET Client after you log on - it will look like this DEMO page:
    http://www.minuwet.uwaterloo.ca/

Visitor or Guest WatIAM accounts

  • For Visitors you can have your Faculty Sponsor request a temporary WatIAM userid - for short term use
    Send email to accounts@cs.uwaterloo.ca
    Please provide:
    • Visitor's name
    • Faculty Sponsor
    • How long the account is needed for

Network Settings

DHCP Settings

Verify network interface is set to obtain addresses automatically

Windows XP

Open Control Panel
  • -> Network Connections
    For Wireless users
    • -> Wireless (or whatever your wireless interface is called)
      For Direct Connection users
    • -> Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
    • -> Properties
    • -> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) - see center windows "this connection uses the following items:"
  • -> Properties
  • -> Obtain an IP address automatically
  • -> Obtain DNS server address automatically

Windows VISTA

Open Control Panel
Classic View
  • -> Network and Sharing Center
  • -> Manage network connections (see under Tasks on the left hand side )
    For Wireless users
    • -> Wireless (or whatever your wireless interface is called)
      For Direct Connection users
    • -> Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
    • -> Properties
    • -> Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) - see center windows "this connection uses the following items:"
    • -> Properties
  • -> Obtain an IP address automatically
  • -> Obtain DNS server address automatically

Firewall settings

Verify Windows Firewall has ICMP echo request enabled

Windows XP

Open Control Panel
  • -> Windows Firewall
  • -> Advanced TAB
  • -> ICMP Settings
  • -> Allow incoming echo request

Windows VISTA

Open Control Panel
Classic View
  • -> Administrative Tools
    • -> Windows Firewall and Advanced Security
      • -> Inbound Rules
        • -> File and Printer Sharing (ECHO Request - ICMPv4-In)
          • -> Enable Rule

Windows Troubleshooting

  1. ) Open and DOS command prompt (Start Menu -> Run -> cmd -> OK)
  2. ) Run the ipconfig to view the network connections (ipconfig /all)
    The IP of the computer should be have the prefix of 129.97.192 - if NOT do the next steps
    2a) ipconfig /release
    2b) ipconfig /renew
    Note if your address starts with 169 windows has failed to get a network address and /renew will not work ( Microsoft feature/bug )
    - A work around for this bug is to repair (XP) or Diagnose (VISTA) your connection

Windows XP - repair

Control Panel
  • -> Network Connections
    For Wireless users
    • -> Right Click on Wireless (or whatever your wireless interface is called)
      For Direct Connection users
    • -> Right Click on Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
  • -> Repair
    Verify your address again
    If all attempts fail contact your support contact

Windows VISTA - diagnose

Control Panel
Classic View
  • -> Network and Sharing Center
  • -> Manage network connections (see under Tasks on the left hand side )
    For Wireless users
    • -> Right Click on Wireless (or whatever your wireless interface is called)
      For Direct Connection users
    • -> Right Click on Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
  • -> Diagnose
    (You will be prompted to Continue )
  • -> Reset the the Network Adapter
    Verify your address again
    If all attempts fail contact your support contact

Note for Wired Connections

  • You should disable your wireless interface while connected with a cable to avoid conflicts
  • Don't forget to enable your wireless when you are finished!

Windows XP

Control Panel
  • -> Network Connections
  • -> Right Click on Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
  • -> Disable
Don't forget to enable your wireless when you are finished!

Windows VISTA - diagnose

Control Panel
Classic View
  • -> Network and Sharing Center
  • -> Manage network connections (see under Tasks on the left hand side )
  • -> Right Click on Locale Area Connection (or whatever your wired network interface is called)
  • -> Disable

Topic revision: r10 - 2011-03-30 - TrevorGrove
 
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