Connect to the University's wired (via ethernet cable) network on Windows

Updated on 7 July 2023

For anyone not using a Staff Windows Desktop (a non-managed device), including students in accommodation. If you're using a managed desktop, you don't need to follow this connection guidance as your device has been configured for you

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Enable Wired AutoConfig

  1. Click the Start button and type services.msc into the search box
  2. Locate and right-click on the service called Wired AutoConfig
  3. Click on Properties then select the Startup Type Automatic and press OK
  4. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect

Setup 802.1X authentication

  1. Click the Start button and type Network and Sharing Center into the search box
  2. Click on Change adapter settings
  3. Right-click on your network adapter, usually called Local Area Connection and select Properties
  4. Click on the Authentication tab and select the option for IEEE 802.1X authentication
  5. Choose the network authentication method Microsoft:Protected EAP (PEAP) from the drop-down
  6. Click Settings (next to the network authentication method drop-down)
  7. Scroll down the Trusted Root Certification Authorities: list and tick QuoVadis Root CA 2
  8. Click on Configure and ensure the Automatically use my Windows log-on name and password checkbox is clear before clicking OK
  9. Click on Additional Settings in the Ethernet Properties window
  10. Tick Specify authentication mode and select User credentials from the drop-down list
  11. Click Save to the right of the drop-down box

Now plug the ethernet cable into your computer

A Windows Security dialog box should pop-up. Enter your University password and full username (including then click OK.

If you have a username that doesn’t include your ID number (students) or end with a number (staff), make sure you enter it correctly.