How do I connect my laptop to UVa's wireless network?

Answer: 

Access to UVa's secure wireless network "Cavalier" is available throughout the Health Sciences Library and academic areas in the the University. Use the instructions below for ITS's automated setup tool for Windows Vista and XP and Mac OS X. Manual setup for other operating systems is also available.

Step by Step: 

If you are on UVa Grounds:

  1. Locate and connect to the open wireless network Welcome_to_UVa_Wireless, just as you would connect to a public wireless network in a coffee shop or an airport. See ITS's instructions for connection tips specific to your operating system.
  2. Once you are connected to Welcome_to_UVa_Wireless, open a Web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome, and you will automatically be directed to the ITS Network Setup Tool download site. If you are not automatically directed, hit F5 or press the Refresh button on your browser.
  3. On the ITS Network Setup Tool page, download and run the appropriate setup tool for your operating system. Follow the prompts as the tool automatically configures your computer to access the Cavalier network.

If you are away from UVa Grounds:

  1. Connect your computer to the Internet, then visit the ITS Network Setup Tool download site.
  2. On the ITS Network Setup Tool page, download and run the appropriate setup tool for your operating system. Follow the prompts as the tool automatically configures your computer to access the Cavalier network.
Help: 
  • If your authentication doesn't go through, make sure you are correctly entering your date of birth. The format is year first, then two digit month, then two digit day. So if you were born on April 13, 1743, your birthday would be 17430413.
  • Your ID # is the nine digit number on the back of your ID card. You can also use your SSN.
  • Your password is the same one you use to access your University of Virignia email, or to login to Netbadge.
  • For help with wireless computing elsewhere at UVa, contact ITS's Help Desk at (434) 924-HELP or (866) 469-4866.
  • During evening and weekend hours, see ITS's Wireless Network FAQ Page.