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wIALS Wireless Network

What is wIALS?

The wIALS service provides free wireless access to the Internet from your own portable computer or personal digital assistant at IALS.

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What Do I Need?

A laptop or PDA with Wireless network capability and a web browser.

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Where Can I Use wIALS?

  • On all floors of the Library (except in a designated quiet area on the 2nd floor)
  • In Café Lex on Floor L1
  • In the seminar rooms and Lecture Theatre on Floor L1
  • In the public areas and meeting rooms on the ground floor
  • In the IALS research student room on the ground floor

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How Do I Get Connected?

Pick-up a leaflet from the Library Enquiry Desk for connection details

Login using your barcode and name from your IALS Library Card

The WiFi service is provided in addition to the Institute's fixed cable network, which continues to operate as before and is subject to our Conditions of use

See our LibGuide on Connecting to the IALS Wireless Network

Download quick setup guide (pdf 156kb) or follow instructions below:

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Guide to Using wIALS

Visitors are welcome to bring personal laptop computers to use in the library at their own risk. This document will guide you through the initial setup of your laptop's wireless network card. Once the setup process has completed successfully you will not normally need to do this again while using the wireless connection at IALS.

Before going into details, there are two important points you need to be aware of:

  • The wireless network requires authentication; you cannot connect without a valid library card
  • Any default settings will be wrong . If you have used wireless networking with Windows before, you will not simply be able connect to our network from View Available Wireless Networks . You have to set up the connection details manually by following the instructions below

Note: This guide assumes you are using Microsoft Windows to configure your wireless network settings. If you are using another utility e.g. one supplied by your wireless card vendor, please follow the instructions that came with the card and use the settings below. However, we are only able to support users who use the Windows wireless configuration tools.
This guide is based on a machine running Windows XP. The configuration may vary slightly for other operating systems.


Network name (SSID)   uol-open
Network authentication   WPA
Data encryption   TKIP
EAP type   Protected EAP (PEAP)
Authentication method   Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)

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Wireless Network Configuration

Go to: Start > Control Panel > Show All Connections or go to your Control Panel and open Network Connections.

Select the icon labelled Wireless Network Connection and right-click on it. Select Properties from the menu.

wireless network connection example

Click on the Wireless Networks tab.

Configuring wireless network tab

Press the Add button, which will bring up the Wireless Network Properties dialogue.

Add UOL-Open

The first tab in the wireless properties dialogue is labelled Association. Fill in the following values:

  • Network name (SSID):uol-open
  • Network authentication: WPA
  • Data encryption: TKIP

Wireless properties

Now select the second tab in the wireless properties dialogue labelled Authentication. Select EAP Type: Protected EAP and untick the box labelled "Authenticate as computer when computer information is available".

Authentication tab

Press the button labelled Properties

On the Protected EAP Properties dialogue, untick the box labelled Validate server certificate and press the Configure button next to Select Authentication Method. In the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties dialogue, untick "Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)".

Protected EAP properties

Click OK on all boxes to close them.

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Connecting to the Wireless Network at IALS

A speech balloon should pop-up from the system tray at the bottom right-hand side of your screen. Click on it.

Wireless network connection

Windows will now open a new dialogue box asking for your user name and password.

Login dialogue box

Enter the barcode number from library card (without the spaces) as the user name, for example the user name from the card below would be: 018XXXXXX8

Enter your last name in lower case as the password. For example, if your last name is "Smith", you would need to type "smith"as your password.

Library card

If your login is successful, then the entry in the wireless network list for uol-open should change to "Connected". You will now be able to use the Internet.

UOL-open network

If your login was unsuccessful, then a balloon will pop up asking you to try and enter the details again.

Repair if connection fails

At this point, you can either click on the balloon which will open the logon dialogue again, or disconnect from the wireless network and try again or right-click on the icon and click Repair.

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Disconnecting from the wireless network

To disconnect from the wireless network manually, open the wireless network list, select the uol-open entry and press the Disconnect button.

List of detected wireless connections

Alternatively, you will be disconnected from the wireless network when you shut your machine down.

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