XpressConnect 4.0.x (Windows)
contains SecureW2 Enterprise Client 3.5.x
Important note: this document is designed for Local Support Providers (LSPs). The user-level XpressConnect document is here and includes general availability, configuration, documentation, and support information. This page was last modified on Monday, 11-Feb-2013 10:24:09 EST.
XpressConnect 4.0.x is the University's supported and recommended authentication application for accessing AirPennNet via Windows. To connect to AirPennNet, you need a wireless device on your notebook that supports at least 802.11g (WiFi) and preferably 802.11n along with support for WPA2-AES. Almost all notebook computers come equipped with this wireless capability.
Penn's deployment strategy for connecting to AirPennNet changed considerably with the adoption of XpressConnect in 2010. Previously released as a standalone installer, the SecureW2 Enterprise Client is now embedded within the XpressConnect distribution package. Users need to supply their PennKey credentials during the XpressConnect process, and these credentials are passed transparently to the underlying SecureW2 authentication mechanism. The result is that users are automatically connected to AirPennNet upon subsequent Windows logins.
Important note: LSPs should not use their own PennKey credentials to connect to AirPennNet with SecureW2 when setting up an end user's computer. Similarly, users using a shared Windows computer should connect to AirPennNet from their own Windows accounts, not from a shared Windows account. PennKey credentials are removed an uninstall or reinstall of XpressConnect.
Windows 8 Compatibility
XpressConnect version 4.0.x functions correctly in Windows 8. The SecureW2 Enterprise Client is not needed.
XpressConnect is available free of charge to members of the Penn community.
- If your notebook is within an AirPennNet service area, the AirPennNet-Help
network also is available. Connect your notebook to the AirPennNet-Help SSID.
- Open your web browser (if the page does not load, try going to another URL).
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install XpressConnect.
- Download XpressConnect 4.0.x for Windows.
Note: Internet Explorer users may need to append .msi to the filename after downloading XpressConnect to the desktop.
- Run the installer from the desktop and follow the on-screen prompts. You may need to restart your system to complete the installation. After completing the installation, delete the installer file from the desktop.
Instruction on troubleshooting connections to AirPennNet with SecureW2 are located here.
Users whose notebooks have third-party software that controls their network connections generally need to remove this software to sucessfully connect to AirPennNet.
AirPennNet Frequently Asked Questions
The Wireless at Penn web site.