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Nokia E71x Secure Network Setup

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Not finding instructions on setting up WPA/WPA2/802.1x authentication on my Nokia E71x phone online, I’ve decided to put up the instructions myself. This procedure worked with a WPA/WPA2 network using LEAP/PEAP protocols.

Set Up New Wireless Connection

Go to Settings>Connection>Destinations>Internet. Click up/down to the “Access Point: Add new acc. pt.” option and select. Say “Yes” to the prompt to “Automatically check for available access points?”, select “Wireless LAN” from the list of available access points, then select the network you want to connect too.

Setting Up Security Settings

Now you have a new point, select it and go down to the option “WLAN security mode”, select and select WPA/WPA2, or 802.1x as appropriate. Now go down to “WLAN security config.” This is where you setup whichever protocol you are supposed to use; set up PSK if that’s what you’re using, otherwise go to “EAP plug-in settings”,  and select from the list of protocols. Each protocol must be set individually. By highlighting a protocol and selecting “Options”, you can enable or disable a protocol, and move it up or down in the list of priority using the buttons on the menu (higher on the list means higher priority).

Example: My setup

When setting up my connection, I needed to setup EAP-LEAP and EAP-PEAP as options as 1 and 2, respectively, in order of priority. Click on the protocol in the list and one can set the username and password. Make sure your password is exact, you may need to turn off the device’s automatic capitalization of the first letter of the sentence.

Repeat the password and username setting procedure for each protocol you need to setup, and don’t forget to make sure they are in the right priority, if one has been specified as preferred

MSCHAP and other extra settings

With some protocols (for example, PEAP) you may have to set some more advanced options. While in the protocol settings page (see above), you’ll notice the display may be tabbed, and by clicking the left and right buttons you can get through these tabs. Here you can set authentication methods and other advanced settings; I had to set the MSCHAPv2 under PEAP. If you have to setup MSCHAPv2 like I did, go into the “PEAP” settings (see above), tab over (right click on the directional switch), and set your username and password like you did before.

Connecting to Wireless

Now you are going to have to go to the WLAN Wizard (Home>Settings>WLAN Wizard), select the appropriate wireless network and connect to it. Connection should be automatic, however, if your device is automatically connecting to the wrong network, go back to Settings>Connection>Destinations>Internet, and delete the offending access points from the list. You also may need to restart the phone to get it to cooperate.

You should be set! This setup works with internet; I’m still not able to get on to use the email application with a secured network (unsecured works fine). If you have questions feel free to leave them as a comment and I’ll see if I can help sort things out.

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Written by logand

September 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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  1. is useing the wlan with my home network free

    jason

    March 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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