Connecting to AirPennNet with Access Connections

These are instructions for connection to the University's AirPennNet wireless network with Lenovo's Access Connections middleware. Use these instructions as an alternative connection method, in case you are having difficulty with the University's supported 802.1x supplicant, SecureW2.

Update Access Connections

Using either a direct download from Lenovo's Access Connections pages (Windows 7, Vista, or XP) or running ThinkVantage System Update, make sure you have at least Access Connections version 4.41. You should also run all critical Windows Updates and all critical updates within ThinkVantage System Update.

Connect to AirPennNet with Windows 7

  1. Launch ThinkVantage access Connections (either Start > ThinkVantage > Access Connections) or by clicking Access Connections icon in the system tray. The main ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
  2. Under the Location Profiles menu select Create. The Create New Profile screen appears.
    • In the Name of location profile field, type AirPennNet
    • In the Type of network connection: field, select Wireless LAN (802.11)
  3. Click the Next button. The ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
    • In the Network name (SSID) field, type AirPennNet
    • In the Wireless security type: field, select Use IEEE 802.1x or other security
  4. Click the Properties button. The 802.1x Settings screen appears.
    • In the Security type field, select WPA2-Enterprise.
    • In the Encryption type field, select AES
    • In the Choose a network authentication method field, select Intel: EAP-TTLS
  5. Click the Settings button. The Intel Security Settings window appears.
    • In the Authentication Protocol field select PAP
    • In the User Credentials field select Use the following
    • In the User Name field enter your Pennkey Username
    • Leave the Domain field blank
    • In the Password and Confirm Password field enter your Pennkey password
    • Leave the Roaming Identity field alone it is not important
  6. Select Next, The second configuration screen appears.
    • Make sure the Validate Server Certificate option is checked.
    • In the Certificate Issuer drop-down select Any Trusted CA
    • Check the Specify Server of Certificate Name option.
    • In the Server of Certificate Name field enter dccs.upenn.edu
    • Select Domain name must end with the specified entry
  7. Select OK and connect to AirPennNet

Connect to AirPennNet with Windows Vista

  1. Install SecureW2 (Access Connections interfaces with SecureW2 in Windows Vista).
  2. Launch ThinkVantage Access Connections (either Start > ThinkVantage > Access Connections) or by clicking Access Connections icon in the system tray. The main ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
  3. Under the Locations menu, select Create New Profile... The Create New Profile screen appears.
    • In the Name of location profile: field, type AirPennNet
    • In the Type of network connection: field, select Wireless LAN (802.11)
  4. Click the Next button. The ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
    • In the Network name (SSID) field, type AirPennNet
    • In the Wireless security type: field, select Use IEEE 802.1x Authentication
  5. Click the Properties... button. The 802.1x Settings screen appears.
    • In the EAP type: field, select TTLS. An additional Tunneled Authentication dialog appears.
    • In the Authentication protocol: field, select PAP
    • In the Server name: field, typedccs.upenn.edu
    • Select the Domain name must end in specified name radio button.
  6. Click the OK button. You will be returned to the ThinkVantage Access Connections screen.
  7. Click the Next button. Another ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
  8. Click the Finish button. A dialog appears asking if you wish to apply this profile now.
  9. Click the Yes button. A Wireless Network Logon screen appears.
    • In the User name: field, enter your PennKey username.
    • In the Password: field, enter your PennKey password.
    • Leave the Domain: field blank.
  10. Click the OK button. Access Connections then shows a small dialog box with connection progress and then connection successful. Subsequently, the main ThinkVantage Access Connections screen returns. You are now connected to AirPennNet.

Connect to AirPennNet with Windows XP

  1. Launch ThinkVantage Access Connections (either Start > ThinkVantage > Access Connections) or by clicking Access Connections icon in the system tray. The main ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
  2. Under the Locations menu, select Create New Profile... The Create New Profile screen appears.
    • In the Name of location profile: field, type AirPennNet.
    • In the Type of network connection: field, select Wireless LAN (802.11).
  3. Click the Next button. The ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
    • In the Network name (SSID) field, type AirPennNet.
    • In the Wireless security type: field, select Use IEEE 802.1x Authentication.
  4. Click the Properties button. The 802.1x Settings screen appears.
    • In the Access point authentication field select WPA-2.
    • In the Data encryption field select AES.
    • In the EAP type: field, select TTLS. An additional Tunneled Authentication dialog appears.
    • In the Authentication protocol: field, select PAP.
    • In the Server name: field, type dccs.upenn.edu.
    • Select the Domain name must end in specified name radio button.
  5. Click the OK button. You will be returned to the ThinkVantage Access Connections screen.
  6. Click the Next button. Another ThinkVantage Access Connections screen appears.
  7. Click the Finish button. A dialog appears asking if you wish to apply this profile now.
  8. Click the Yes button. A Wireless Network Logon screen appears.
    • In the User name: field, enter your PennKey username.
    • In the Password: field, enter your PennKey password.
    • Leave the Domain: field blank.
  9. Click the OK button. Access Connections then shows a small dialog box with connection progress and then connection successful. Subsequently, the main ThinkVantage Access Connections screen returns. You are now connected to AirPennNet.
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Date Posted: April 16, 2013 Tags: Technical Info, Provider Resource, Wireless, Configuration

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