Connect a ThinkPad to a wireless network

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How to use IBM ThinkVantage Access Connections and Cisco Clean Access Agent to log into a wireless network.


Connecting a ThinkPad to a wireless network requires two steps, which must be completed in order.

1. IBM ThinkVantage Access Connections must locate and join a wireless network.

2. If you are on campus and connected to the CGS wireless network, you must log into Cisco Clean Access agent to be able to use the wireless network.

The following screenshots explain parts of this process.

This is the IBM ThinkVantage Access Connections icon, located in the task manager in the lower right-hand corner of the desktop, near the clock.

Roll over the Access Connections icon to find out your status. The following screen shot is an example of a working connection, because the computer is connected to CATLIN (not openwireless), and the IP address starts with 10.105.

Double-click on the Access Connections icon to open its window. Use this to manage your wireless connections, not the Windows built-in wireless management utility. The following screen shot shows a working connection to CGS at about 60% signal strength.

Click the Find Wireless Network button or select it from the Wireless Network menu. This shows all of the wireless access points available within range of the computer.

To connect to a specific network, click on the radio button next to the network you want to connect to and click on the Connect at the bottom of the window. If connecting to this network requires a password, you'll be asked to enter it at the next screen. If the network does not require a password you should see a successful connection status window.

This is the Cisco Clean Access taskbar icon.

Roll your mouse pointer over the icon to view your connection status. The screenshot below illustrates a good connection.

Right-click on the Cisco Clean Access Agent icon to log in or log out of the Cisco Clean Access Agent. Sometimes, logging in and out can resolve connection issues.