Connecting to Northwestern Wireless on Windows

You should be able to connect automatically to the Northwestern Wireless Network with your NetID and NetID password through your Network Preferences. If you were not prompted to connect, you can manually configure your connection using the following instructions:

  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.
    • Uncheck Connect to these servers.
    • Under Trusted Root Certificate Authorities, verify that only AddTrust External CA Root checkbox(es) are selected.
    • 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 Settings window:
    • 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. 

If you are still unable to to connect the the Northwestern Wireless Network, download and install the AddTrust security certificate and try to manually configure the network again.

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For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) or via email at

Keywords:wifi wi-fi ssid network internet   Doc ID:62540
Owner:IT Support Center .Group:Northwestern
Created:2016-04-06 14:33 CDTUpdated:2019-02-04 11:57 CDT
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