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Changes in Wireless Security

The CSU wireless network has been upgraded to use Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Computers configured to use dynamic WEP must be reconfigured for WPA. To find out more about WPA please visit the Wireless Security page.

How do I setup my computer to use WPAZ

The following documents contain instructions to reconfigure computers previously setup to connect to the CSU wireless network using WEP data encryption:

  • Windows XP
  • WPA Windows Vista
  • WPA Mac OS X 10.4x
  • Mac OS X 10.5x

  • Users who have never configured their laptops and have not connected to the CSU wireless network should follow the instructions the Connection Guides page.

    When will the change take place?

    WPAZ has already been enabled on the wireless network. Users can reconfigure their computers to use WPAZ immediately.

    The wireless network is currently running in "WPA migration mode." This configuration allows for a gradual migration to the new encryption standard by allowing both WPA and dynamic WEP users to connect to the same network. As of December 29th, 2008 only users that have configured their laptops for WPA will be able to connect to CSU wireless.

    Will my laptop work with WPAZ?

    Devices that were able to connect using LEAP or 802.1X-PEAP should be able to connect using WPAZ after simple configuration changes. In some cases, a driver update may be required. WPAZ is supported on computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.39 or higher. Network devices listed as Wi-Fi certified for WPAZ-Enterprise will work on the CSU wireless network. Look for WPAZ-Enterprise compliant adapters at the Wi-Fi Alliance website:

    Please contact the IS&T Call Center at 216-687-5050 with questions or The PC Repair Shop at 216-802-3350 for configuration assistance for non university owned laptops.

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