Wireless Connection (WiFi)

If a network cable is plugged in, remove it to be sure that data is being transferred wirelessly. If your notebook has a physical wireless switch, make sure wireless is switched on. In your software the wireless adapter must be enabled and the desired WiFi network must be selected: public (unencrypted) or uzh (encrypted). The following steps show how to do this.

Windows: First Steps

1.) Open Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel

  • Via the Windows Start menu open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center (see upper screenshot).
  • Alternatively, via the Windows Start menu open Control Panel and from there Network and Sharing Center (see lower screenshot).
  • Alternatively, use the Windows Start menu search to search directly for Network and Sharing Center.

2.) Open wireless connection (adapter settings)

  • In the Network and Sharing Center select Change adapter settings > Wireless Network Connection and right-click Properties.

If no wireless network connection is visible, set up a new one. If this is not possible, for example because no wireless network can be found or the wireless adapter is missing, you'll probably have to install the wireless adapter first. If you need help doing this, please bring your device by to the service desk (Irchel / Rämi).

3.) Configuring wireless network connection (TCP/IP)

  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  • Click the Properties button.
  • In the General tab, you must check the boxes for the IP address and DBS service address to be obtained automatically. Finally, confirm all windows with OK.

The settings shown here apply to the public or uzh wireless network at the University of Zurich. For a home network connection you must use the settings from your own network provider.

4.) Enabling/disabling wireless network connection

  • In Network and Sharing Center select the relevant Wireless Network Connection.
  • Right-click Enable (or Disable if you no longer need the connection).

Many more recent notebooks have a physical button or switch to turn wireless on and off. If you can't enable a connection, please check that this button or switch is in the right position. If wireless is switched on, usually there will be WiFi symbol lit up above the keyboard.

5.) Connecting with/disconnecting from the wireless network (public/uzh)

  • In Network and Sharing Center select the relevant Wireless Network Connection (see screenshot left).
  • Right-click Connect / Disconnect.
  • Alternatively, click on the network symbol in the taskbar (see screenshot right).
    (If your wireless adapter is turned on you should see a list of available WiFi networks here.)
  • Select public, the unsecured public wireless network (see screenshot right).
  • Right-click Connect (Disconnect) as appropriate.

CARE! If you're a UZH member, we recommend you use the secure (encrypted) uzh network. If this is hidden, please set up a new wireless network called uzh by following the steps below.

Windows: Set Up "uzh" Wireless Network

1.) Open Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel

  • Via the Windows Start menu open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center (see upper screenshot).
  • Alternatively, via the Windows Start menu open Control Panel and from there Network and Sharing Center (see lower screenshot).
  • Alternatively, use the Windows Start menu search to search directly for Network and Sharing Center.

2.) Select Set up a new connection or network

3.) Select Manually connect to a wireless network

  • Click Next.

4.) Enter network name, security type, and encryption type (WPA2-Enterprise & AES)

  • Network name: uzh
  • Security type: WPA2-Enterprise
  • Encryption type: AES
  • Click Next.

5.) Select Change connection settings

6.) Choose a network authentication method (PEAP)

  • Select Security tab.
  • Under Choose a network authentication method select Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • Open method properties by clicking on Settings.

7.) Specify server name & certificate (auth.uzh.ch & QuoVadis Root CA2)

  • Check Validate server certificate.
  • Check Connect to these servers and enter auth.uzh.ch
  • Under Trusted Root Certification Authorities check QuoVadis Root CA 2
  • Click on the Configure... button.
    (After configuring [Point 8], click OK).

8.) Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any)

9.) Specify authentication mode and user credentials

  • Click on Advanced settings.
  • Check Specify authentication mode.
  • Select User authentication.
  • Click Save credentials.
  • Enter your user name (e.g. your UZH e-mail address) and WiFi password.
  • Confirm all three dialogue boxes with OK.

10.) Connect with (disconnect from) uzh wireless network

  • Click on the network symbol in the taskbar (see screenshot left).
  • Select uzh and click Connect.
  • If Windows Security boxes appear, each time click Connect (see screenshot right).
    (Please be patient for a moment while information is exchanged with the server and the connection is established. No further validation steps or VPN connection are required.)


Mac OS X: First Steps

1.) Turn Wi-Fi on and connect

  • On the menu bar click the network symbol and then Turn Wi-Fi on (see screenshot left).
  • Click the network symbol again, and this time on the public network (see screenshot right).

If the network symbol doesn't appear on the menu bar, please check your network settings (see Point 2).

CARE! If you're a UZH member, we recommend you use the secure (encrypted) uzh network. If this is hidden, please set up a new wireless network called uzh by following the steps below.

2.) Check Wi-Fi settings

  • Open Network under System Preferences (see screenshot for Point 1).
  • Click Wi-Fi and make sure the box Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar is checked.

MAC OS X: Connect to "uzh" Wireless Network

1.) Open Network in System Preferences

  • Open Network under System Preferences.

2.) Under Location select Automatic, or create new location

  • Under Location select Automatic.
  • Alternatively, create a new location (e.g. WiFi UZH) by clicking Edit Locations... and "+" (plus symbol). Confirm by clicking Done.

A location contains network settings (connections, services) which you need to work with your computer, for example in the office or at home. When you select Automatic for the lcoation, Mac OS X will automatically look for active network connections to connect to the internet. It will search in the order in which they're listed in the list of services.

3.) Turn Wi-Fi on

  • Select Wi-Fi and click Turn Wi-Fi On.

If there is no WiFi service, add it using the plus sign (+).
(If everything appears as deactivated, click the lock on the bottom left. To do this you'll need administrator rights.)

4.) Select or create uzh Wi-Fi network.

  • From the Network Name: dropdown menu select the uzh network.
  • Log on with your user data (short name and WiFi password).
  • Click Connect
    (Please be patient a moment while data is exchanged with the server and the connection is established.

If uzh doesn't appear in the network name dropdown, click Join Other Network.... Enter the network name uzh, security WPA2 Enterprise, your user name, and the WiFi password, and click Join.

5.) Verify certificate

If the certificate has to be verified, click Continue. (You might need administrator rights to do this.)



Linux (Ubuntu): First Steps

1.) Turn Wi-Fi on and connect

  • Click the network symbol on the menu bar.
  • Then check Enable Networking and Enable Wi-Fi (see screenshot left).
  • Click the network symbol again, and this time select the public network (see screenshot right).

CARE! If you're a UZH member, we recommend you use the secure (encrypted) uzh network. If this is hidden, please set up a new wireless network called uzh by following the steps below.

2.) Check Wi-Fi settings

  • If something isn't working, click the network symbol and then Edit Connections....
  • Select the network connection public and click the Edit button.
  • Check the following settings:
    - Wireless tab > Mode field > Client
    - IPv4 Settings tab > Method field > Automatic (DHCP) addresses only

Linux (Ubuntu): Connect to "uzh" Wireless Network

1.) Select uzh wireless connection and authenticate yourself

  • In the menu bar click the network symbol and then the uzh network.
  • Authenticate yourself as follows:
    • Wireless security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
    • Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
    • CA certificate: QuoVadis Root CA2
    • Username: Your UZH short name
    • Password: Your WiFi password
  • Click Connect

Download the root certificate from our website or www.cacert.org.

2.) Add uzh network connection

If uzh does not appear under the network connections:

  • On the menu bar click the network symbol and then Edit Connections....
  • In the dialogue box that appears click Add.
  • Under Choose a Connection Type select Wi-Fi and click Create....

3.) Configure uzh network connection

  • In the Wi-Fi tab enter uzh as the SSID and connection name.
  • In the Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Security, and IPv4 Settings tabs select Client, WPA & WPA2 Enterprise, PEAP and Automatic (DHCP) under Mode, Security, Authentication and Method respectively.
  • Save your settings by clicking Save, and...
  • follow the instructions under Point 1 to try to connect to uzh again.