Guest Wireless Configuration for Windows 7

The following instructions assume that your wireless card and connection profiles (SSID) are controlled by Windows 7 "WLAN AutoConfig" system service. If your wireless card and SSIDs are managed by some other utilities, then please consult the instructions for your particular utility.

1. Open the Control Panel window.

2. In the Control Panel window, the exact arrangement of the items in the window may be different than the picture here, depending on what view is chosen in the Control Panel window. In the Large Icon or Small icon view, click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

3. In the Network and Sharing Center, click on the Set up a new connection or network link.

4. The Set Up a Connection or Network dialog will appear. Click on the Connect to the Internet item to highlight it. Then click on Next.

5. If you are already connected to a network via a wired or wireless connection you'll see a dialog indicating that an Internet connection already exists. Click on Set up a new connection anyway. The Connect to the Internet dialog will appear.

6. If you don't have an existing connection, the Connect to the Internet dialog will appear.

7. Click on the Wireless item. The dialog will disappear, and a menu of wireless networks will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. You should see the five Caltech wireless networks\

  • Caltech BeaverNet
  • Caltech Conference
  • Caltech Guest
  • Caltech Registered
  • Eduroam
If you see any other networks besides those listed here, they are not authorized by IMSS.

Please note that Caltech Conference is for temporary conference networks for specific groups on campus. You should not try to connect to Caltech Conference unless you have received instructions to do so from the conference organizer.

8. To connect to the Guest network, click on the Caltech Guest item in the wireless network menu. The item will expand.

9. Click on the Connect button to create a connection. The menu will disappear and a Connecting to Caltech Guest progress dialog will momentarily appear.

10. If the connection to Caltech Guest has been successful, the Network and Sharing Center will be updated with the status of the network connection.

11. Initially, the Guest network status will indicate No Internet access. There is an additional step necessary for establishing a Guest network connection. Launch any web browser and go to any web page (e.g. The browser will be redirected to a Caltech web page explaining the Guest network policies.

12. Click on the Continue button to indicate acceptance of the policies and begin using the network. The Network and Sharing Center will be updated to show that the connection has Internet Access.

You should now have a successful Caltech Guest network connection.

If you are unsuccessful in connecting to the Caltech network, please contact the Help Desk at 626-395-3500.