Mac OS X:

      As long as the icon of the wireless network you are connecting to looks like four rounded bars displaying signal strength, you are connected to a wireless access point.

      If the icon of the wireless network you are connecting to looks like a computer rather than a display of signal strength, you are connecting to an ad-hoc (computer to computer) network, which is not the real BelleAire.

      To see an icon displaying your wireless connectivity in the menu bar of your Mac (version 10.6 or later):

      1. In the dock (at the bottom of your Mac desktop), click on the System Preferences icon. (It looks like a rectangle with gears in it.) If you do not see this item listed in the dock, you can also select System Preferences... from the Apple Menu.
      2. Click on the Network icon.
      3. Wi-Fi or Airport should appear highlighted in the left column. If it does not, click on it once to highlight it.
      4. Check the box next to Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar or Show Airport status in menu bar.
      5. Click Apply at the bottom of the window and close the System Preferences window.

    Windows XP:

    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Select Control Panel.
    3. Double-click on the Network Connections icon.
    4. Right-click on the Wireless Network icon and select Properties.
    5. Click on the Wireless Networks tab.
      • If your computer does not have a Wireless Networks tab, Windows is not controlling your wireless network card. We recommend bringing your computer to the ResNet Office for further assistance.

    6. Click the Advanced button.
    7. In the window that appears, check the second option for Access point (infrastructure) networks only.
    8. Click Close.
    9. Click OK.

    Windows Vista and Windows 7:

      Important: You must type the phrases below exactly as they appear for the filter to work properly. If you are uncomfortable using the command prompt on your own, please bring your computer to the ResNet Office for assistance.

    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. In the Start Search bar, type CMD.
    3. When it is found, right-click on CMD and select Run as administrator.
    4. When/if prompted, click Continue.
    5. A command prompt window will open up.
    6. Type netsh wlan show filter and hit the Enter key. This will show current filters set in place.
    7. Type in netsh wlan add filter permission=denyall networktype=adhoc and hit the Enter key. This creates ad-hoc blocking filter.
    8. To double check if the filter worked type netsh wlan show filter and hit the Enter key, and you will see your filter under Block List on the system.

    Windows 8:

      Ad-hoc networks cannot be created by default in Windows 8. At this time ResNet is not expecting ad-hoc networks to pose networking problems with Windows 8 computers connected to the network in the residence halls. We will be monitoring the network for issues, and will make documentation available for Windows 8 devices if necessary. We do not recommend creating or connecting to ad-hoc networks in ResNet.


Last Modified August 1, 2013