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
Information in this area is meant for use by CSCF staff and is not official documentation, but anybody who is interested is welcome to use it if they find it useful.


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