The Catholic University of America

Using CUAuth Wireless

There are three main wireless networks available on the CUA campus. Each is offered in one or more areas of campus and has a different set of characteristics.

Network Name (SSID) Location(s) available Encrypted
access
Authenticated
access
Description

CUA Wireless
(soon to be renamed CUA Guest)

Locations on main campus (list) No No "guest"-style network for general Internet access; limited access to main campus computing resources
CUA-ResNet Most residence halls (list) No Yes general Internet access for residential students; limited access to main campus network resources
CUAuth Wireless Locations on main campus (list) Yes Yes access to the Internet and campus network for CUA faculty, staff and students; access to most main campus network resources

 

This document describes how to connect personally-owned (i.e., non-university) Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X computers to CUAuth Wireless and map to a server-hosted printer.

In order to connect, your computer needs to have wireless capability (802.11g or 802.11n). Most notebook computers and some desktop computers (such as the Apple iMac) have wireless capability built in. Wireless capability can be added to desktop computers by purchasing a USB network adapter.

Note: University-owned desktop computers must be configured for wireless access by CPIT only.  Employees must not add wireless adaptors to university-owned desktop computers or install other network hardware on the campus network. If you believe your university-provided computer needs additional capabilities, or you need assistance connecting your university-owned notebook computer to CUAuth Wireless, please contact the computer Information Center.


 

Windows 7

Connecting to CUAuth Wireless

If your notebook computer has a switch or a software setting to turn the wireless radio on and off, be sure that it is turned on.

Click the Start button and select Control Panel. When viewing by category, select Network and Internet and then Connect to a network.

In the resulting window showing which wireless connections are available, select CUAuth Wireless. Leave the Connect automatically setting checked if you want your computer to connect to this network automatically when it is available. Click Connect.

Your computer prompts you for the security key. If you don't know what it is, you can visit this page to find out (you will need to log on with your CUA network logon username and password to view the page). Enter the security key and click OK.

Your computer takes a few moments to identify the network. During this time, the status of your connection will be "Identifying."

Once you are connected, your computer prompts you to select a location for the 'CUAuth Wireless' network. Since you are on a network shared among many people, select Public network to provide the best protection for your computer. Your computer confirms that you have selected Public Network for CUAuth Wireless. You may close this window.

Before you can browse, you must authenticate yourself to the CUAuth Wireless network. To do this, open your web browser. Your browser should immediately redirect you to the CUAuth Wireless network login page. (If it does not, browse to a well-known site like http://www.google.com. You will then be redirected.)

Log on with your CUA network username and password. You will see a login successful message. Then you will be redirected automatically to your browser's home page.

You are now connected to and authenticated on the CUAuth Wireless network. You can browse the web, or access CUA network resources such as printers and file shares.

You will be prompted to authenticate to the network periodically (several times a day) as a network security measure.

 

Adding a network printer

Click the Start button and type in the text box \\ntsrva.cua.edu.

Your computer will prompt you for your network credentials.Enter your CUA network logon username as CUA\username (note the leading "CUA\") and provide your password. Click OK.

 

A window opens and displays all of the network printers on the NTSRVA server. Double-click on the printer that you want to use.

Your computer searches for a printer driver on the server. Once it finds it, it prompts you to install it. Click Install driver.

Your computer installs the driver, and then displays the print queue. You may now print to this printer.

 


 

Mac OS X

Connecting to CUAuth Wireless

First, make sure your computer's Airport is turned on.

Then, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, and then click Network.

Select Airport in the list of network connection services.  Choose CUAuth Wireless from the Network Name menu.

Your Mac prompts you for the password. If you don't know what it is, you can visit this page to find out (you will need to log on with your CUA network logon username and password to view the page). Enter the password.

 

Before you can browse, you must authenticate yourself to the CUAuth Wireless network. To do this, open your web browser (e.g., Safari). Your browser should immediately redirect you to the CUAuth Wireless network login page. (If it does not, browse to a well-known site like http://www.google.com. You will then be redirected.)

Log on with your CUA network username and password. You will see a login successful message. Then you will be redirected automatically to your browser's home page.

You are now connected to and authenticated on the CUAuth Wireless network. You will be prompted to authenticate to the network periodically (about once a day) as a network security measure.

 

Adding a network printer

Mac OS 10.7 Lion and higher

For Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple has not published instructions for adding a Windows network printer.  However, these instructions may work.

  1. Download and install the latest print driver pack from Apple for the brand of printer (e.g., HP, Ricoh) to which you will be printing.
  2. In System Preferences, open Print & Scan.
  3. Click + to add a new printer
  4. Click "Advanced" (hold down Ctrl and click the toolbar to add this option if necessary)
  5. For Type, select "Windows printer via spoolss"
  6. For Device, select "Another Device"
  7. In the URL field, specify smb://ntsrva.cua.edu:9100/queuename where "queuename" is the name of the network printer, e.g., DEPT_HP5550.
  8. In the Name field, specify the name you would like to use for this printer.
  9. In the "Print Using" pop-up menu, select the appropriate printer driver.

The first time you print to this new printer, you will be asked to authenticate. Enter your CUA network logon username as CUA\username (the leading "CUA\" is required) and provide your password.

Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard and lower

Please follow the instructions in Apple support article HT3049:
How to manually add a Windows shared printer.

In the URL field, specify smb://ntsrva.cua.edu/queuename where "queuename" is the name of the network printer, e.g., DEPT_HP5550.

If you cannot find this printer type under "Print Using", you will need to visit the printer's web site and download and install a Mac OS X driver for it.

 

Once the printer has been added and you print a document, you may find that it is "On Hold (Authentication required)". You need to provide your CUA network logon credentials to authenticate yourself to the server. Click the Resume button for the printer to do that.

The Mac will prompt you for your credentials. Enter your CUA network logon username as CUA\username (the leading "CUA\" is required) and provide your password.