Network Resources

Secure Wireless Connection Setup

In order to ensure that the University remains exempt from the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) all wireless network connections are encrypted and users will need to log on with their Rowan network username and password. In order to connect to the secure wireless network every wireless device will need to have its settings modified.

Please choose your operating system for directions on connecting to Rowan's secure wireless network.


If you need help with any part of this setup , please contact the Support Desk by either calling 256-4400, e-mailing or you can bring your laptop to the Memorial Hall Workshop and we can help you set it up.

If you have a computer or other device running an operating system other than the ones listed above, please send an e-mail to and we'll work with you to configure it.

For more information about CALEA, please refer to For information on how it applies to higher education institutions, please visit

Windows XP Instructions

Before you Begin

Enabling 802.1x authentication in Windows XP for the Rowan Wireless Network is a process you will only need to complete once. Windows XP ships with a built-in 802.1x client that is accessible from the Network Properties dialogs. Before beginning this setup, please visit Windows Update and make sure your machine is fully up-to-date with all service packs and patches. You MUST be running Windows XP Service Pack 2.


Step by Step Instructions

The first step in setting up your wireless card for 802.1x is to open up your Network Connections window. You can find this by going to the Start menu, selecting the "Connect To" item, then selecting "Show all connections" from the submenu.



Once you have selected "Show all connections", you should see a window similar to the one below:


Double-Click the Wireless Network Connection icon.



From here, click on the "Wireless Networks" tab to continue.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a "Wireless Networks" tab in your Properties box, it is possible that the setup software for your wireless card has disabled the Wireless Zero Config service. To re-enable this service, follow the instructions here.

In this window, make sure the "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" option is checked. This allows Windows to choose the wireless network to connect to as well as perform the 802.1x authentication.

You should see "RowanWPA" listed in the "Available networks" box, as seen above. If you are not in range of a wireless access point you can click Add and enter "RowanWPA" manually.

Select RowanWPA and then click Properties



Make sure that Network Authentication is set to WPA2 and Data encryption is set to AES

Click the Authentication Tab



Select Protected EAP (PEAP) from the EAP type drop-down box.

Uncheck "Authenticate as computer..."

In the Select Authentication Method drop-down box make sure that "Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)" is selected.

Click Configure



Uncheck "Automatically use my Windows..."

Click OK and Close until all windows are closed.

At the bottom of the screen you should get a pop-up balloon that says "Click here...", click on the balloon.

You should then see a box asking for User name, Password and Logon Domain.



Enter your Rowan Network username and password. Leave the Logon domain blank.

Click OK and Windows will log you into the new RowanWPA network.

Once you have logged in successfully, your "Wireless Network Connection" entry in your "Network Connections" window should say "Authentication succeeded", as in the picture below:


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Windows Vista


Before you Begin - Enable Your Wireless

Turn on your wireless adapter, there may be a physical button on your computer if you are using a laptop.

Automated Configuration

Windows XP and Vista users can download our Wireless Configuration Installer - this will automatically configure your computer for Rowan's Secure Wireless Connection

Step by Step Instructions

Go to the Start Menu and click on Connect To. On the window that pops-up under "Select a Network to Connect to", double-click RowanWPA.

On the next window, select "Enter/select additional log on information".

The following screen should pop up:

Enter your Rowan Network username and password. Leave the Logon domain blank.

Click OK and Windows will log you into the new RowanWPA network.


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Windows 7


Step 1: Click the Wireless icon in the tray

Step 2: Click RowanWPA

Step 3: Make sure 'Connect Automatically' is checked and click 'Connect'

Step 4:
Enter your Rowan username and password

Step 5: Click "Connect"

You are now connected to the wireless network.


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Windows 8

Step 1

Left click the wireless icon on your System Tray.

Step 2

The menu, shown below, will appear on your screen. Left click on RowanWPA.

Step 3

Once you click on RowanWPA, the menu will change as depicted below. Click connect.

NOTE: Having the 'Connect automatically' option checked will allow your computer to automatically connect to RowanWPA whenever your computer is in range of the wireless network.

Step 4

The menu will change again and you will be prompted to enter a username and password. Enter in your login credentials for your Rowan Network Account.

NOTE: If you do not know your username or password please visit the password page to obtain them.

Step 5

The menu will change once again, this time with a warning. Your computer will warn you that it cannot verify the identity of RowanWPA. To connect click the 'Connect' button.

Step 6

Your computer should now be connected to the RowanWPA wireless network. 


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Click the Wireless icon at the top of the screen. If the Airport is currently off, click Turn AirPort On.

Then, click Open Network Preferences.

The Network window should now be open. Click the Advanced button at the bottom right.
Click the AirPort tab at the top of the window.

Click the + symbol below the list of Preferred Networks and the following window will pop-up.

Enter the following information:

For Network Name, type RowanWPA.
For Security, select WPA2 Enterprise
Enter your Rowan Network username and password.
For 802.1X, select Automatic.
Click Add.

Click OK at the Advanced Network window. You should now be at the AirPort tab of the Network window.
For Network Name, select RowanWPA.
Click Apply at the bottom right at of the Window.

You should then be connected to the Rowan wireless network.

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Mobile Devices

All modern mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone and Android phones support WPA Enterprise and 802.1x authentication. To connect to the network, simply choose RowanWPA from the connection screen. It will prompt you for your Rowan username and password. Enter it and continue.

After authentication, load your browser and you will be redirected to the Campus Manager registration page.

Log in again with your username and password, and your device will register automatically.

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