Connect to UVic: Windows 7

The UVic wireless configuration utility will automatically configure the "UVic" wireless network on your Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 computer.

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Note: The UVic wireless configuration utility is still experimental; use this application at your own risk. UVic is not responsible for any damage caused by the use of the wireless configuration utility. Please report any problems to the Computer Help Desk.


If the above doesn't work, please follow the manual instructions listed below. After the initial configuration, you should automatically connect to UVic (the secure wireless network) when you are on campus.

  1. Before you start this procedure, ensure the following:
    • Your wireless card and its drivers have been installed and you have rebooted your laptop since the installation.
    • Your laptop is powered on and booted up.
    • You are in an area with wireless coverage.
    • You have a NetLink ID and password.
    • You are using Windows to manage your wireless connections. If you are using a third-party application (sometimes network adaptors come with their own applications), you may experience problems during the configuration process.
  2. Temporarily connect to the Internet using UVicStart, an Ethernet port, or your home network. Download the security certificate by right clicking GlobalSign Root and saving the GlobalSignRoot.cer file to your computer. Once the file is saved to your computer, locate the file, double click on it, select Install Certificate..., and follow the Certificate Import Wizard instructions.

  3. Once you have successfully installed the certificate, open your Start menu and click on Control Panel.

  4. Click on Network and Internet or Network and Sharing Center.

  5. Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  6. Click on Manage wireless networks, located on the left menu.

  7. Click Add.

  8. Click Manually create a network profile.

  9. Enter the following information:
    • Network name: UVic (case sensitive).
    • Security type: select WPA2-Enterprise.
    • Encryption type: automatically sets to AES.
    • Security Key/Passphrase: (leave blank).

    Ensure both checkboxes are selected (by default, the second box is not). Click Next.

  10. Click Change connection settings. For now, ignore the pop-up window in the bottom-right corner.



    On the Connection tab, ensure the Connect to a more preferred network if available checkbox is not checked.
  11. Click the Security tab. Ensure the authentication method is PEAP. Then click Settings.

  12. Check the box beside GlobalSign Root CA in the list of Trusted Root Certification Authorities.

    If you cannot find the correct certificate listed, please return to step 2 to download the certificate.

    At the bottom of the dialogue, ensure that the Authentication Method is Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2). Click Configure.
  13. Deselect the checkbox for Automatically use my Windows logon... and click OK.

  14. Close the remaining windows. In the bottom-right corner of your screen, you should see a small window pop-up informing you that Additional information is required to connect to UVic. Click on it to provide additional information.

  15. Enter your personal NetLink ID followed by @uvic.ca in the User name field, and your NetLink ID password in the Password field. Click OK.

You should now be connected to the UVic secure wireless network.