Windows XP has a wireless networking configuration tool that should allow use of our service with just the additional VPN client software. Your wireless network adaptor vendor may recommend using their own configuration tool instead, in which case you must configure that appropriately, following the the generic parameters.

The first time you are within range of an OWL access point and your wireless adaptor is active, the following balloon will appear:

Click on the balloon to see the following window. Make sure the OWL network is selected, then click Connect.

Windows will warn you that this network is insecure; however we'll be using the VPN software to encrypt your data, so click Connect Anyway to continue.

After a brief pause, you should see the window change to say the following, at which point you can click the close button in the top right hand corner. You may also see a confirmation balloon above the wireless icon in your tray.

Load the Cisco VPN client software and connect to OUCS using your Remote Access username and password.

You now have a connection to the University network and the Internet, and can access all resources as if you were at a University desktop location.

If you are having difficulty connecting to the VPN server, you should check that Windows has configured your wireless network correctly. Right click on the Wireless Network Connection icon in your system tray at the bottom right of your screen. Select [Status] from the popup list. Click the [Support] tab and you should see something similar to the following. The numbers may be slighly different, but the important thing is that your IP Address: begins with the numbers 172.17. If it does not, then click the Repair button to obtain a new IP address.

You might also like to check the wireless security settings. Click the [General] tab in the same window, and then click the Properties button.

Select the [Wireless Networks] tab, and unless your client adaptor vendor advises otherwise, make sure the Use Windows to configure my wireless network option is ticked. If this option was not ticked, then select it and click OK, then repeat the last two steps. The window should look similar to the following:

Select the OWL (Automatic) entry and click the Properties button. Make sure that the window that appears is setup in the same way as that below: