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Wi-Fi: Windows Vista

This article describes how to configure Windows Vista operating system to connect to the secure wireless networks available on the PSU campus.

Prerequisites

In order to connect to the PSU wireless network using the instructions below, you will need:

  • Windows-based PC running any version of Windows Vista.
  • Active Odin account or a guest wireless account.

Connecting to the PSU Wireless Network

  1. Select the Start menu and enter “Network” into the search field.
  2. Select Network and Sharing Center from the list.
  3. When the Network and Sharing Center opens, select Connect to a network.
  4. Choose PSU Secure from the window that appears, then select the Connect button. If you receive an error, try closing the window and returning to the previous step.
  5. Select “Enter/Select Additional Log On Information” when prompted.
  6. Enter your Odin username and password. Leave the Logon Domain field blank.
  7. Select OK to accept the server certificate when prompted.
  8. When prompted to save the location, leave the boxes checked and select the Close button.
  9. When prompted to set the network location, choose Public Location.
  10. You are now connected to PSU Wi-Fi. From now on, you should be automatically connected whenever the PSU Secure network is available.

Solving Connection Problems

  • Make sure the wireless radio on your computer is active. Some computers have an indicator light that shows if it is active or not. If the light is off, your wireless radio is off. On laptops, this is often controlled by a button or switch. If you are unsure, refer to your computer's documentation.
  • Try connecting at another physical location on campus. Some locations may not receive a strong enough wireless signal for you to connect to the network.
  • Run Windows Update and make sure you have all important updates installed.
  • Set your computer to forget networks you don’t use. If you have chosen other networks on campus previously and "saved" those networks, your computer may be attempting to join the wrong network automatically. To solve this issue:
    1. Go to the Network and Sharing Center.
    2. Select "Manage Wireless Networks".
    3. Select the network(s) you wish to remove and hit the green "-" (negative) symbol that says "Remove." This will remove it from the list of auto-joining networks. Repeat until only the networks you use are in the list.

Further Resources

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.