Troubleshooting connection issues with Northwestern Wireless on Windows after a NetID password change

After you reset your NetID password, you may find that you have lost access to the Northwestern wireless network. The most common problem relates to the the wireless profile having a stored password. Below are instructions to remove and recreate the Wireless profiles.

"eduroam" will be the primary wireless network at Northwestern on December 20, 2021. The "Northwestern” network/SSID will no longer be a visible choice for connecting to the University’s wireless network during the fall quarter of 2021 and no longer an available connection on December 20, 2021. Learn more about this change.

Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows Key+I at the same time to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Select Wi-Fi in the left panel, then click Manage Wi-Fi Settings.
  4. Under Manage Known Networks, select Northwestern, then click Forget.

Windows 8.1

  1. Press the Windows key, then type cmd into the search bar and press Enter.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, enter netsh wlan delete profile name=Northwestern, then press the Enter key.

Windows 7

  1. Press the Windows key, then enter Control Panel into the search bar and press the Enter key.
  2. In the Control Panel, select Network and Internet, then select Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left-hand pane, click Manage Wireless Networks.
  4. Right-click the current Northwestern connection and click Remove.
  5. Click OK if prompted with a warning.

Manually Configuring Northwestern Wireless

  1. Search for Network and Sharing Center in the search bar (press the Windows key to open the search), then select Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Select Set up a new connection or network.
  3. Select Manually connect to a wireless network.
  4. Enter the Following:
    • Network name: Northwestern
    • Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
    • Encryption type: AES
  5. Select Next, then Change connection settings.
  6. Click the Security tab. Under Network Authentication Method, select Protected EAP (PEAP).
  7. Uncheck Remember my credentials for this connection each time I'm logged on and click Settings.
  8. In the Protected EAP Properties window:
    • Check Verify the server's identity by validating the certificate.
    • Check Connect to these servers, and enter
    • Under Trusted Root Certificate Authorities, check the AddTrust External CA Root and UserTrust RSA Certification Authority checkboxes.
    • Select Authentication Method: Secured Password (EAP-MSCHAP v2) and click Configure, then uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any), and click OK.
  9. In the Protected EAP Properties window click OK.
  10. In the Northwestern Wireless Network Properties window select the Advanced settings.
  11. In the Advanced Settingswindow:
    • Check  Specify authentication mode.
    • Select User authentication from the drop-down menu.
    • Select Save credentials.
  12. In the Windows Security box, enter your NetID and NetID password, then click OK.
You should then be able to connect to the Northwestern network by selecting Northwestern from the list of available wireless networks. 


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Keywords:wifi wi-fi ssid network internet   Doc ID:64463
Owner:IT Support Center .Group:Northwestern
Created:2016-06-27 09:15 CSTUpdated:2021-02-02 12:34 CST
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