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How to connect to OCC-Student Wireless Access with Windows

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Step 1:

Knowing your Hardware:

Ensure you have an 802.1 b/g/n/ac compatible wireless card and it’s enabled on your system. You may want to consult your laptop or computer manual for this information or directly contact the manufacturer to learn how to turn on your wireless network card.

Wireless on/off switches on laptops not only differ from manufacturer, but they could even differ from model to model. For example, the Dell Latitude D610 model utilizes a FN+F2 keyboard command to turn on the wireless adapter, while the Dell Latitude D630 model has a physical switch on the side of the computer specifically for turning on and off your network adapter.

For these reasons, it is left to the owner to the computer to know how your specific wireless card is enabled, and whether or not it supports the 802.1 b/g/n/ac standards at Oakland Community College (OCC).

Protecting Yourself:

The wireless OCC-Student connection is encrypted and firewalled. Assume anything you send/receive out to the Internet is visible to anyone.

You should also have at least a computer firewall, and antivirus/malware scanner that is up-to-date to the latest code and definitions prior to connecting to the OCC student wireless access connection. Some of the newer products offer malware protection, antivirus, and firewall protection integrated into one called a Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS) which is preferred. We recommend you research and select the protection which best suits your needs. Products from AVG, Ad-Aware, Norton, Trend Micro, MacAfee, Kaspersky, and ZoneAlarm have received good reviews. Browse to rating companies such as www.CNET.Com or for more information.

Network & Browser Settings:

The OCC student wireless access connection works with the default settings in Windows. However, if you’re trying to connect with a system that has network connections modified you may need to refer to the Appendix A in regards to setting up your network and browser settings for the OCC student wireless access connection. If you’re not an administrator of the computer you are using, please contact your system administrator to ensure it’s alright to change your computer settings.

Finding the right spot:

Ensure you are in a location that supports student wireless access.

Step 2: Turn on your computer, log onto it, and double click on the Wireless Network Connection icon located in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  You may need to click on the ^ symbol before seeing the Wireless Network Connection icon.


Note: Some network cards may utilize a specialized program for connecting to the wireless network, however this varies from company to company and software revision to software revision. For this reason, we are going to give you a general walk through with how to connect utilizing the native Windows tools that the majority of users have access to.

Step 3: Click on the OCC-Student connection, and then click on the Connect command button.


If you don’t see the OCC-Student wireless network in range, make sure to scroll down as the list may extend below the level of the screen. 

Step 4: After you click Connect you will be prompted for your logon credentials.  Enter your OCC username and password and click OK

Please note:  If you are unable to authenticate, verify that you can log into your MyOCC account.  Visit What's My Password? for instructions on how to check your password hint or reset your password via the Self-Service Password Reset tool, if you are unable to log into your MyOCC account.


Step 5: You may get a Wireless Network Connection window asking if you want to “Continue connecting?”  Click Connect.


Step 6: You should see a window similar to this one stating that you are Connecting and after a few seconds it will say you are Connected. Now you can close down your Wireless Network Connect window by clicking anywhere on the screen outside of the Wireless Network Connect window and open up your preferred Internet Application to enjoy Student Wireless access at Oakland Community College.

To Disconnect from the Student Wireless Network

Step 1: To disconnect from the wireless network double click on the wireless network connection on the task bar.

Step 2: Select the OCC-Student connection.

Step 3: Click Disconnect

Appendix A: Network & Browser Settings:

Step 1: You may need to note your current configuration to access another network later, after you disconnect from the OCC-Student wireless network. So, for step 1 we recommend you keep a pad of paper and a pencil handy as it will be your responsibility to restore any settings you may change later.

Step 2: Type Control Panel in the Windows Search Bar on the bottom left of the screen next to the Start button and click on it when it shows on the list.


Step 3: Click on Network and Sharing Center.


Step 4: Click on Change Adapter Settings on the left-hand side of the window.


Step 5: Highlight your Wi-Fi adapter and click on Change settings of this connection from the bar at the top.  Might need to click >> to bring up a drop-down menu that contains this selection.


Step 6: In the Wi-Fi Properties window scroll down and highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).  DO NOT uncheck the box. Select Properties.


Step 7: On the General tab of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) window ensure that the Obtain an IP address automatically, and Obtain DNS server address automatically is selected and click OK.


Step 8: When you’re finished click OK on all the windows then shutdown your browser and restart it.

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