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PC Installation Instructions for Cisco Aironet Series 350 Wireless LAN Adapters

Welcome to wireless Technology! This guide will assist you in connecting your Microsoft Windows laptop to the CSU wireless network. These instructions cover installation of the Cisco Aironet 350 Series PC Card client adapter on the Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP operating systems.

NEW For XP and Vista users who are NOT using a cisco card!!

Please note: if you are NOT using a Cisco card then click here for "Special information for Windows XP and Vista Users NOT using the Cisco card"  (On this Web page you will be able to check and see if your card is supported by IS&T and click on a link that will take you to installation instructions for installing cards that are not Cisco.)

Main steps in connecting to Wireless:

1. Purchase the Cisco Aironet 350 Series PC Card Client Adapter (available at the CSU Bookstore)

  • (p/n AIR-PCM352)

2. Obtain the CSU IAP 8.5 CD from IS&T (comes with adapter if purchased at bookstore)

  • This CD contains the preconfigured Aironet Client Utility (ACU)

3. Install the Aironet Client Utility

4. Insert the PC Card Adapter

5. Enter Wireless Password


  • Laptop with a Type II or Type III PCMCIA slot (also called a PC Card or CardBus slot)
  • Cisco Aironet 350 PC Card Client Adapter
  • CSU IAP 8.5 CD. (Obtain from IS&T)
  • CSU username and password
    • Username – CSU ID #
    • Password – Your CampusPass/CampusNet password

Installing the Aironet Client Utility (ACU)

This section provides ACU installation instructions under the Windows NT and XP operating systems using the CSU IAP CD provided by IS&T.

1. Insert the IAP CD into CD drive.

2. When Menu Window appears click “Install Cisco Wireless Drivers.”
(If the menu does not appear within a few minutes, Browse to your CDROM Drive and double click autorun.exe)

IAP Autorun Main Menu click "Install Cisco Wireless Drivers"

3. When the WinZip Self-Extractor appears click "Unzip"

WinZip Self-Extractor click "Unzip"

Setup will begin.

Cisco Aironet Driver Installer

4. When the installer prompts for the Aironet Wireless Card to be inserted, click "Ok" and then insert the card.

Cisco Aironet Installer - Insert Card

After the Wireless Adapter is inserted the installation will continue

Cisco Aironet Installer Finishing

The system will now detect and install the appropriate driver for the wireless adapter.

Found New Hardware Dialog

5. After the installation has completed, a box will appear prompting to reboot the system. Click "Yes" to reboot now.

Box that ask you to restart your computer Click "Yes"

6 After the computer reboots completely, you will be prompted to enter your wireless username and password.

  • User Name: – CSU ID #
  • Password: – CampusPass/CampusNet password
  • Log on to: – Leave Blank
Enter Authentication Credentials

You are now connected to the CSU network and you can open your favorite browser to surf the Web!

Please note - If you cannot connect to the Web using Internet Explorer, right-click on the Internet Explorer browser icon and select properties. In the Internet Properties Dialog box select the Connections tab and then select LAN settings. Deselect all options. Click OK. You are now at the Internet Properties Dialog box. Click OK again. Open Internet Explorer and check your connection to the Web.

To view a list of frequently asked CSU questions go to FAQ.

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