Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

ITS: CCAC Wireless Access

There are three levels of wireless access at CCAC locations

  1. ccacguest: This connection is Not Secure. Information you transmit or receive over this connection during your session could be intercepted and viewed by other network users. CCACguest will NOT provide access to student or employee email or other CCAC online services.
  2. CCACwireless: ITS strongly recommends that CCAC community members (students, faculty and staff) use this secure level of access. CCACwireless uses strong encryption that serves to protect your information from unauthorized interception and viewing.
  3. Scholastic: This connection is only available on CCAC-owned computers and laptops. CCAC scholastic provides full access to network resources.

Please be advised that wireless access points (or "hotspots") are strategically located throughout the campuses. Any number of factors may influence your ability to access the wireless system.  You should exercise caution when performing critical tasks--such as taking an online exam--over a wireless network. For best results, we recommend you disconnect from wireless when you leave the area of the campus and reconnect when you return.


 Setting up a more secure wireless connection

Follow the steps for your operating system to connect to a more secure CCAC wireless network. A valid CCAC e-mail username and password (based on NetID or employee network account) will be required to connect. ITS still recommends caution with transmitting personal and financial data over a wireless network. 

Windows 8

Follow this one-time setup to configure; follow steps precisely or set up will not be successful!

  1. Swipe the left edge of the screen to get to the "Charms Bar"
  2. Click on the Settings icon
  3. Click on the bars icon showing available networks
  4. Click CCAC wireless
  5. Enter your credentials and click OK
  6. You should then be logged in

Download our detailed instructions.

Windows 7 

Follow this one-time setup to configure; follow steps precisely or set up will not be successful!   

  1. Click on the Wireless Tray icon in the System Tray. Click Open Network and Sharing Center. Or go to Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network Sharing Center.
  2. Double-click Set up a new connection or network. Choose "Manually connect to a wireless network." Click Next.
  3. In this window enter CCACwireless for the "Network Name:", choose WPA2-Enterprise for the "Security Type:" and choose AES for the "Encryption type:". UNCHECK both boxes next to "Start this connection automatically" and "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting", then click the Next button. The message "Successfully added CCACwireless" will display. Click on Close.
  4. Back on the Network and Sharing Center, click on the Manage Wireless Networks link. Right-click on the CCACwireless network and choose Properties.
  5. On this Wireless Network Properties window, make sure all boxes on the Connection tab are unchecked. Click on the Security tab. Click on Advanced Settings. On the tab "802.1X settings", check the box "Specify authentication mode" and choose User Authentication from the drop-down list. Click OK.
  6. Back on the Wireless Network Properties window, make sure to uncheck "Remember my credentials for this connection each time I'm logged on". Click on the Settings button. Make sure all buttons here are unchecked. Click Configure and uncheck "Automatically use my Windows login name and password". Click OK to close all windows.
  7. Click on the Wireless Tray Icon. Click on CCACwireless and click "connect". In the Windows Security window, enter your network or netid username and password to connect to secure wireless. You now have secure wireless access!

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Windows Vista

(64-bit Vista cannot use these instructions and is not supported on secure CCACwireless at this time)

Follow this one-time setup to configure; follow steps precisely or set up will not be successful!

  1. Go to Control Panel. Double-click the Network Connections icon.
  2. Double-click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
  3. On the left hand side of the window pane, under Tasks, click the “Connect to a network”
  4. Click on the “Set up a connection or network” link. Choose "Manually connect to a wireless network…” and click Next.
  5. Enter CCACwireless for the “Network name:” choose WPA2-Enterprise for the “Security type:” and choose AES for the “Encryption type:” Check both boxes next to “Start this connection automatically” and “Connect even if the network is not broadcasting”. Click Next.
  6. The message “Successfully added CCACwireless” will display. Click on “Change connection settings”.
  7. On the properties window, uncheck “Connect to a more preferred network if available” then click the Security tab. Choose WPA2-Enterprise from the drop down menu for “Security type:” and AES for the “Encryption type:” Uncheck “Cache user information for subsequent connections to this network” and then click on the Settings button. Uncheck “Validate server certificate” and “Enable Fast Reconnect”; click Configure. Uncheck the box “Automatically use my Windows logon name and password”.
  8. Click on the bubble that popped up stating “Additional information is required to connect to CCACwireless”. Enter your Network username and password in the Enter Credentials window.

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OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.7 (Lion) and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Follow this one-time setup to configure; follow steps precisely or set up will not be successful!   

  1. Join other Network…
  2. Enter Network Name ‘CCACwireless’, Security ‘WPA2 Enterprise’, your User Name, click Join
  3. In Verify Certificate window, click Show Certificate
  4. Check Always trust “securelogin.arubanetworks.com” and click Continue
  5. In the 802.1X Authentication window provide your CCAC credentials and click OK

   Download our detailed instructions for Mac 10.7+   Download our detailed instructions Mac 10.6-

 

 iOS Devices

  1. Open the Settings application on your device and go to Wi-Fi/Airport settings. Select the CCACwireless network.
  2. Enter your CCAC NetID in the username field and your password in the password field. When done, tap Join.
  3. Click the Accept button to allow the device to trust the CCAC authentication server
  4. When done you will see a check mark next to the CCACwireless WiFi network and you’ll be connected.

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Android Devices

  1. Open the Settings application on your device and go to Wi-Fi settings. Select the CCACwireless network.
  2. Ensure EAP method is set to PEAP. Other settings can be left at “None” or “(unspecified).” Enter your CCAC NetID in the Identity field and your password in the Password field. When finished, tap Connect
  3. When you are finished, you will see the word “Connected” under CCACwireless.
  4. Tap CCACwireless again to confirm your connection was successful

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 Kindle

  1. Tap the Menu icon on your device.
  2. Tap the Settings icon and then Wi-Fi Networks. You will see a list of detected networks.
  3. Tap on CCACWireless to connect. A box will appear: enter your username and password.
  4. After you enter your credentials, click Connect.
  5. Your Kindle is now connected to CCACWireless.

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Other Operating or Wireless Systems and Devices?

Other operating systems or devices might be able to successfully connect to CCACwireless, but ITS cannot provide support for operating systems not listed above. A device must support WPA-2 wireless security protocol in order to connect to CCACwireless.SSID.

Using Other Vendors for Wireless Connections? Users should attempt to replicate the settings contained in our instructions (Network Authentication = WPA-2, Data Encryption = AES, EAP Type = PEAP).