The usual security that we use in our home Wi-Fi connection is WPA and WEP and Windows automatically remembers the password once we successfully log in to it for the first time. However, many organizations use PEAP, short of Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol, for added security and it requires a little more information like username and domain along with the usual password to connect.
PEAP also known as Protected EAP is more secured when compared to other 802.1X authentication protocols. When compared to other security protocols, PEAP provides database extensibility and one-time token authentication and password. And that’s how we can use personalized username and password to access the network.
Going any deeper into the topic is beyond the scope of this article, however if you can read more about PEAP on Wikipedia if you like.
Now the thing was, I had to use a username and password to access the wireless network but unlike the normal WPA Wi-Fi password, Windows does not provide the option to remember the network credentials to use them automatically the next time we connect to the same network for PEAP.
Personally speaking, I was annoyed of entering the username and password manually every time I had to connect to the network. I even had to provide the logon credentials when the computer woke up from sleep.
However, after exploring the Wi-Fi connection settings one fine day, I was able to fix the problem. The particular feature to remember logon credentials is hidden in a mesh of settings and this guide will help you fix that.
Remembering PEAP Wi-Fi Network Authentication
Step 1: Click on Connect to a Network Wi-Fi icon in the Windows system tray and right-click on the Wi-Fi access point you connect to usually. From the right-click context menu, select the option View connection properties.
Step 2: In the Wireless Network Properties window open the security tab and click on Advanced Settings.
Step 3: In Advanced Settings open the 802.1x tab and see if User Authentication is selected under Specify authentication mode. If that’s not the case, select it from the drop-down control and click on the button Replace credentials.
Step 4: Enter the network credentials when you are prompted and save the settings. If you are using your Windows logon credentials for the network, use the respective option in the drop-down. After you save the settings, Windows will force-disconnect you from the network if you were already connected to it.
The next time you try to connect to the network, Windows will not ask you for the credentials and automatically use the one that’s already saved. Windows will automatically connect to the network after waking up from sleep if you have configured the network to connect automatically when in range.
If you have to connect to a PEAP network frequently, I am sure you will love the trick. Windows 8 tablet users who just hate to use the on-screen keyboard will also love this trick. Just make sure you don’t change any other advanced settings or network certificates in the process. If you are experiencing any difficulty, do reach out to us through comments.
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